Dental implants are the longest-lasting, most natural-looking option for tooth replacement. They usually require a number of steps to set into place. After they’ve healed, they are virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
Dental Implant Surgery
Dental implants feature a root that is embedded directly into the jawbone. Because the root is made of titanium, the bone will naturally bond with it. This bond allows the implant to stimulate the jawbone to grow so you will not experience bone loss as many denture wearers do. This portion of the implant is not visible once it is placed in your mouth, but it looks like a titanium screw.
The root portion of the implant is fitted with an abutment which protrudes above the surface of the gum. Your permanent prosthetic tooth is affixed to this abutment. When the full implant has been placed, you have a complete new tooth, from root to tip, that will last for many years, keep your jaw healthy, and preserve your perfect smile.
Natural-Looking Tooth Replacement
When your implant dentist has completed your implant surgery, your new teeth will look completely natural. Your prosthetic teeth are custom-made to match your natural teeth in both shape and color. You’ll be able to look forward to a beautiful smile for many years.
In some cases, you’ll go through a healing period after the root portion of the implant is placed. This is to be sure your jawbone bonds properly to the implant. After this healing is complete, you’ll receive your final prosthetic teeth. If you need to wait for your implants to heal until your permanent replacement teeth are put into place, talk to your implant dentist about temporary teeth to cover the abutments. This might be particularly important to you if you’re having front teeth replaced or if you deal with the public regularly or if your appearance is important to your job.
To find out more about implants, the procedure, and what you’ll look like with your new teeth, please contact our friendly team for a consultation.