For patients with missing teeth, dental implants are widely agreed to be a superior replacement solution. Combining a natural appearance with extreme durability for long-lasting results, only dental implants can enhance your smile while protecting your oral health. Explore our guide to learn more about this treatment.
A dental implant is made up of three parts — a titanium implant fixture that’s placed in your jaw, a small connecting piece called an abutment, and your choice of restoration to complete the implant. Because of this unique structure, dental implants offer unrivaled stability and function.
The implant process begins with a consultation where Dr. Grubb will examine your oral health. Next, you’ll return to our office so we can place your implant. You’ll have to allow a recovery period of three to six months, so your implant fixture can properly align with your jawbone. Once this is finished, we can top the implant with your choice of restoration, leaving you with a healthy and beautiful new smile.
The key to dental implants is a process known as osseointegration, in which your implant fixture fuses with your jawbone to replace the root of a missing tooth. In order for osseointegration to succeed, you must have sufficient jawbone density and healthy gums. If you don’t, then supplemental treatments can usually prepare you for implant placement.
The reasons for this are due to the exclusive benefits that are only found in dental implants. For example, dental implants are the only solution that can prevent your jawbone from shrinking. Combined with their unparallelled ability to restore chewing and speaking function, it’s clear that dental implants are the healthiest restorative treatment.
A dental implant is comprised of a titanium fixture that’s placed in your jaw, a connecting piece called an abutment, and a natural-looking restoration which is typically a porcelain crown. These three components each serve a key purpose that gives dental implants the stunning appearance and durability they’re known for.
The durability of dental implants is the result of osseointegration. Osseointegration refers to the process of how your jawbone integrates seamlessly with the titanium implant fixture. Titanium is one of very few materials that has the biocompatibility and durability to facilitate implant placement.
Unlike dentures, dental implants are extremely easy to clean. To maintain your dental implants, all you have to do is brush and floss daily like you would with your natural teeth.
Another major advantage of dental implants is that they’re the longest-lasting restorative treatment. With proper care, your dental implants can last for decades, or even a lifetime!
If dental implants are beyond your price range at the moment, then it’s still better to replace missing teeth with another solution rather than none at all. The two most popular alternatives to dental implants are dentures and a dental bridge, both of which are highly affordable in comparison.
If you’re interested in replacing missing teeth with dental implants, contact our practice in Havre de Grace and schedule a consultation with Dr. Grubb. He’ll listen to your smile goals and determine if dental implants are the best treatment solution for your smile.