Learn How Dental Implants Work Their Magic

Dental implants have provided those with missing teeth another option. Previously, dental patients chose between bridges or a denture to fill in a missing tooth. However, dental implants have revolutionized how people care for missing teeth. Dental implants are natural looking and attractive while creating a stable tooth substitute to enhance bone growth in the jaw area. To find out how dental implants work their magic, read on.

Are Dental Implants Right for You? 

Implants can help almost anyone. However, certain patients may need to have an additional procedure performed before they can be fitted with dental implants. The stability and strength of the jawbone are very important. The implant post is inserted through the gum and into the jawbone. The bones must be strong enough to hold on to the implant and provide the patient with years of wear and use.

If imaging suggests that a patient has weak jawbones, the dentist will suggest a bone graft. This type of procedure may be necessary when a patient loses bone mass because of medical conditions, age, medication, and long-term dental problems. Bone grafting takes place on an outpatient basis and uses bone material from various sources. Once the procedure is complete, the patient must wait several months to allow the bone graft area to heal and become stable. Once imaging confirms that the grafting is bonded, then the dental implant surgery is scheduled.

The Insertion of the Implant

Dental implants are made up of several pieces. The part that goes into the gums and jawbone is called a post. The post is topped with an abutment and then that is finished with a crown. The first part of the dental implant procedure involves making a tiny incision to place the titanium post. You will be anesthetized and won't feel any pain during the post placement. The dentist will finish the procedure by making a few small sutures. In some cases, a temporary crown may be placed temporarily for appearance's sake. Things are paused while the post bonds with the jawbone.

The Topping of the Implant

The final step is the placement of the abutment on top of the post. The abutment holds onto the crown, which is placed on top. The crown has been specifically created for you. Before your surgery, your dentist made an impression of your tooth, and the color and shape of the crown should blend seamlessly with the rest of your teeth.

Before you know it, your smile will amazing again. Ask your dentist about dental implants today.