Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement option. They are composed of a titanium post and a porcelain crown. The post is surgically placed into your jawbone at Fallbrook Dental Care. Over a few months, it will integrate with your jawbone, creating a strong and sturdy base for the porcelain crown. Once this process is complete, the crown will be secured to the post. Dental implants are permanent, stable, and look and feel just like natural teeth. They restore strength to your bite and allow you to eat and speak normally.
The Dental Implant Procedure
A dental implant procedure begins when your dentist or oral surgeon inserts a titanium post into the jawbone. Titanium is a biocompatible metal that won’t cause your body to reject the dental implant. The implant is placed where the tooth root was, in the jawbone.
Once your dentist places the dental implant post, it will fuse with the jawbone through a process known as osseointegration. This can take several weeks.
After the implant post has fused with the jawbone, your dentist will attach an abutment. This is a small metal piece that connects the implant post to the dental crown that will be placed on the implant. The abutment will attach to the implant post via a screw.
Are Dental Implants Right for Me?
Dental implants are often considered the best replacement option for missing teeth. This is because it’s non-removable like a traditional bridge, but looks and feels more natural than dentures.
Dental implants are made up of two parts: the post and the tooth restoration. The post is surgically implanted into your jawbone and serves as a root replacement. It’s made of titanium, which fuses with the jawbone and becomes a stable root replacement. The tooth restoration sits on top of the post and is custom-made to match your natural teeth. It’s made of porcelain, so it’s durable, stain-resistant, and mimics the look of real teeth.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Maintains Jaw Bone Structure
When a tooth is missing, the bone that is used to support the tooth begins to deteriorate. If this happens, the jaw bone could begin to collapse. Dental implants can prevent this from occurring. The implant posts act like the tooth roots, stimulating the jaw bone tissue and preventing its deterioration.
Prevents Gum Recession
Dental implants are placed directly into the jawbone, which prevents gum recession. The jawbone stays strong and healthy and doesn’t need new tissue to grow or heal.
Prevents Facial Collapse
Dental implants prevent facial collapse by filling in the spaces left by missing teeth. Your facial structure relies on your teeth for support, so when you lose a tooth, your jawbone will start to recede. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that can stop this process, preserving your facial structure.
Speech and chewing both require a significant amount of force from your teeth. Over time, teeth can wear down, affecting the way you speak. Dental implants offer a permanent solution to missing teeth, restoring your ability to speak and chew normally.
To learn more about the advantages of dental implants, get in touch with Fallbrook Dental Care at 645 E. Elder Street Suite A, Fallbrook, CA 92028, or call (760) 728-8375.