Dental implants are made from titanium and other materials that are compatible with your body. They are posts or frames that are surgically placed in your upper or lower jaw. During the healing process, they fuse to your jawbone and function as an anchor for your replacement teeth. They effectively mimic the function of a tooth’s natural root.
Due to the nature in which implants fuse to your jawbone, they provide stable support for your artificial teeth, allowing them to look and function as natural teeth would. Many individuals prefer this method over traditional bridges and dentures that can slip and shift in the mouth. When implants are placed, dentures and bridges can be mounted securely to them, which is a big advantage when speaking or eating.
The Process of Receiving Implants
Typically, there are three phases to receiving an implant, as it is a multi-step process that requires oral surgery.
This process may vary per individual, as some patients can receive placement of the implant and replacement teeth in the same visit. While others may need to wait until the implant is fully integrated, a process that can take up to several months.
Caring for Dental Implants
Implants have a high success rate, however, the longevity and success of your implant also depends on your oral hygiene. You can take the following steps to ensure your implant’s optimal function and longevity.
If you have missing teeth, a dental implant may be a great solution as it offers many benefits that are not afforded by traditional bridges or dentures. To find out more information or to schedule an appointment with your cosmetic dentist, call our office today.