How Do Dental Implants Work?
If you are missing teeth, you’ve probably been carefully considering your options. Do you stick with a more traditional option like a fixed bridge or a partial denture? Or do you investigate newer options like dental implants?
While it’s true that dental implants cost more than bridges or partials, you actually get a lot more benefit out of them. In fact, with proper care, a dental implant can last a lifetime and will help preserve your long-term oral health. Think of dental implants as an investment in the future of your smile!
We know that before you make your decision, you’ll want to know more about dental implants. Metairie dental practice Oak Family Dental offers dental implants from start to finish right here in our office. We are happy to answer any questions you might have, so give us a call!
Part One – The Implant
Implants come in three basic parts. The first part is the implant itself, which is essentially a tiny screw made of titanium – the same metal used in joint replacements and other surgeries. Titanium is used because it’s a biocompatible metal; that is, your body is highly unlikely to react to it.
The implant is surgically placed into the bone beneath your gums in the space left by the missing tooth. As the implant heals, it actually becomes a part of your bone structure through a process called osseointegration.
This is actually where the biggest benefit of dental implants comes from. Because an implant replaces the lost root, it acts in place of the root, helping the bone to maintain itself and stay healthy. Healthy bone is strong bone, and you significantly reduce your risk of further tooth loss.
Part Two – The Abutment
After your implant heals, we’ll top it with a piece called an abutment. The abutment acts as a connector between the implant and the new tooth you’ll see in your smile. Different types of restorations require different abutments, and we’ll discuss this with you as we plan your treatment.
Part Three – The Restoration
For most people, this is the exciting part! We can craft custom crowns right here in our dental office using a special type of technology called CEREC. We’ll create your crown out of a block of ceramic, and it will be designed to blend in with your other teeth. Once it’s in place, nobody will ever know the difference between your implant and your other teeth!
Crowns aren’t our only option for restoring dental implants either. If you are missing multiple teeth, we are happy to talk to you about an implant-supported bridge or denture.
Ready to Learn More?
Call Oak Family Dental today to schedule a consultation with one of our skilled and friendly dentists. We look forward to showing you all the ways a dental implant can benefit you!