Dental implants are replacements for missing teeth designed to last a lifetime. At Mega Dental, we surgically place implants into the jawbone to function just like a tooth root. An implant can support an individual dental crown or an entire arch of replacement teeth. These restorations are fixed in place by being attached to the implant with abutments.
While an implant is solid and sturdy like a natural tooth root, patients can suffer from gum disease or cavities on their implant if they don’t brush and floss regularly. Also, regular checkups are still important for patients to schedule so they can have any issues addressed as soon as possible. By keeping up with regular visits to our dentist’s office for routine cleanings and other dental procedures, patients can maintain the health of their smiles.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
The implant is typically made of titanium and placed in your jaw by a dentist or an oral surgeon. Once the implant has been placed in the jawbone, it acts as a new tooth root to support a replacement tooth. Eventually, the jawbone will fuse around the and support the implant for a very stable foundation. When that occurs, you will return to your oral surgeon to have an abutment placed and an impression done of your mouth for your permanent restoration to be made. The abutment connects the implant to your restoration, such as a crown, bridge, or dentures.The completed restoration will then be returned to the oral surgeon’s office for placement. Once your final restoration is in place, you can eat normally and smile confidently again!
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are the closest you can come to natural teeth. They look and feel natural, allowing you to smile with confidence. And because they are designed to fuse with the jawbone, they become permanent fixtures in your mouth. This makes dental implants a great alternative to fixed bridges and dentures that could shift or loosen over time.
Another benefit of implants is their convenience. Unlike bridges that have to be anchored on surrounding teeth, dental implants only require one tooth replacement per implant post. This helps keep the surrounding teeth healthy because they do not have to be drilled down for restoration. Instead, the implant post integrates with the missing tooth root's place in the jawbone, helping preserve the jawbone structure.
Patients should be committed to excellent oral hygiene practices with their dental implants to keep their new smile healthy and beautiful for life. To learn more about dental implants, contact Mega Dental at 10510 FM 1464 Suite 100, Richmond, TX 77407, or call (832) 930-7723.