There are several ways to fill the gap of missing teeth such as the use of dentures or bridges. However, dental implants are the most secure, long lasting option available.
What Dental Implants Are
The implant is a titanium posts that acts as the root of the tooth. Attached to this is the abutment post that reaches over the gum line. Finally, a crown or bridge (depending on how many teeth are missing) covers the abutment post.
How Dental Implants Are Attached
- A cut is made to the gum where the missing tooth is.
- The bone socket of the jaw has a hole drilled into it.
- The implant is screwed in.
- Several months are given for the jaw to grow around the implant (a.k.a. osseointegration).
- The gum is cut open again.
- The abutment is fastened to the implant post.
- The gums are given some time to heal.
- An impression of your mouth is made.
- The crown/bridge is created from the impression.
- The crown/bridge is attached over the abutment.
What Dental Implants Can Do For Your Teeth
- Dental implants improve your dental health by keeping an even bite, reducing strain on surrounding teeth, and preventing the teeth in your mouth from shifting.
- Implants are comfortable and don’t affect chewing and speech.
- Dental implants can last a lifetime if your properly care for them.
- Implants give you a great smile.