Dental implants are another highly preferred method for replacement of missing teeth. An implant acts as a tooth root by forming a bond with the jaw bone. it is made of titanium, which binds to the bone, establishing an excellent foundation for replacement teeth that function and look like natural teeth. Studies have shown that, by stimulating the bone in a similar way that the original tooth root would, a dental implant aids in jaw bone preservation.
Implants are preferred by a growing number of patients and dentists because there is no risk for eroding natural teeth by removal of healthy tissue as required with bridge or partial denture placement. Here are some other great advantages associated with dental implants:
- After securing a dental implant, you will be able to eat anything you’d like without a risk for displacement of the device because the implant functions as a natural tooth.
- Your smile will not be affected as dental implants in fact greatly preserve the original structure of your face, keeping the bone from deterioration.
The titanium posts will be placed surgically in your jaw bone by your dentist in place of the missing teeth. As we mentioned above, the bone binds to the titanium, allowing for artificial teeth to be placed on the upper portion of the implant, the part that remains above the gum.
Placement of dental implants most frequently requires two surgical procedures: one for implant placement in the bone, and a second one for the healing collar. The waiting time between the two procedures is three to six months. During that time, the implants are underneath the gum surface, bonding with the jawbone. During that period, your dentist will introduce you to temporary dentures and a soft diet.
Upon completion of the bonding period, your dental surgeon will uncover the implants in order to apply a healing collar. This is the beginning of the second phase of the dental implant process. Your dentist will take an impression to start constructing your new teeth. Attachments known as posts are placed over the implants, allowing for a connection between the implants and the replacement teeth.
Most patients tolerate the six-to-eight-month process without a significant disruption in their lives.