Many of our patients are asking us about dental implants. A dental implant is a permanent, fixed replacement for missing teeth, one that integrates with the structure and function of your jaw. It's much better than any other choice. We’d like all our patients to know that this choice is available for any new teeth you might have extracted or even for teeth that have been missing for years. Let’s take a look at how dental implants are done and the advantages they offer.
Placing Dental Implants
There are three parts to a dental implant. The key part is the titanium implant itself. Titanium bonds very well with human bone which is why it’s used in dental implants as well as joint replacements. The titanium implant takes the place of the root of the missing tooth. A precisely machined implant, shaped somewhat like a small screw, is placed in the bone of your jaw and then is allowed to heal.
When the bone around this implant has healed well and has bonded to the titanium, an abutment is attached to the implant. This will be the attachment point between the titanium post and the new tooth that will be placed as the last step.
When all the bone and gum tissues have healed around these additions, finally, the new tooth (the crown) arrives. It is securely attached to the abutment and is held stable by the implant that has now integrated with the jawbone.
These steps are generally a few months apart, but the result is definitely worth the wait. Your smile can be fully restored, and your ability to eat and talk can now return to normal.
Care of Implants is Just Like Taking Care of Your Natural Teeth
One of the best parts of implant replacements is that taking care of them is no different than taking care of your natural teeth. Brush and floss just like you did before tooth loss. There’s no removing them for cleaning and they don’t move around in your mouth like dentures can.
There’s one more major advantage to dental implants. Every time you bite or chew, your teeth distribute those pressures throughout the upper and lower jawbones. When there are missing teeth, the bone in these empty areas can gradually break down and eventually collapse. The jaw bone is designed to absorb these pressures and, in fact, it needs them to stay healthy. Dental implants support the health of jawbone by distributing these pressures in the same way that natural teeth once did.
Dental implants can even benefit patients who have lost all their teeth. They can either opt for a full set of replacements or they can choose dentures secured by implants for greater security and comfort.
Extensive Continuing Education
Dr. Davis is such a believer in the value of dental implants that he has completed more than 150 hours of continuing education to perfect his skills for delivery of this service. The International Congress of Oral Implantologists provides training for Dr. Davis and all the staff who help him offer this service. In every possible way, Dr. Garland K. Davis DDS Family Dentistry is about excellent service and results for every patient. If you would like to find out if you are a candidate for dental implants, call our office now.
We will be glad to help you understand how dental implants can change your life.