Dental implants are the gold standard when it comes to artificial tooth replacement. They look and function much like a real tooth – and unless you say otherwise, no one will ever know it's fake.
As the world of dental implants continues to grow, more and more people are taking advantage of what they have to offer. If you have a missing tooth - or teeth - and you are wondering what all the hype is about, you’ve come to the right place.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant consists of a titanium post that is implanted into your jaw bone - and a dental crown that is attached. Together, they create the perfect finished product.
The titanium post that is placed in the jaw bone is designed to act as an artificial root. This ‘root’ becomes a strong anchor for the tooth. After implantation, it will take several weeks for the post to fuse with the jaw bone. Once it does, you will move forward with the next step - adding an abutment to the post and attaching the dental crown. This is all that is needed for the tooth to be ready to go.
The jaw bone must have the right density to be able to securely hold the implant. In certain cases, bone grafting may need to be done to add extra bone structure before the implantation can take place. Keep in mind that this will extend the amount of time necessary for the treatment to be completed.
Benefits of a Dental Implant
As you can probably tell, dental implants come with a long list of benefits. And, while a boost of confidence is a big one, there are other benefits, too, including:
- It blends perfectly with the real teeth that surround it
- Prevents bone loss
- Will not change the shape of your face (which can happen with tooth loss)
- Allows you to speak naturally
- Supportive to the surrounding teeth
- Promotes good oral health
- Functions like a real tooth - even its bite force
- Not susceptible to decay or other oral health concerns
- Easy to care for, fitting right in with your oral hygiene routine
- A permanent solution to tooth loss
A Lifelong Solution
Dental implants are a lifelong solution. The implant itself will never have to be replaced, as it is fused with your bone. On the other hand, dental crowns do often succumb to wear and tear after about 10 to 15 years - longer for those who take exceptional care of it. These are simple enough to replace as the old one will get detached and the new one will be placed in its spot.
It is important to note that the initial cost for dental implants may seem steep, but unlike other alternatives, they are a long-term solution. In fact, dental implants are one of the best solutions to replace missing teeth.
Dental Implants at Lane Family Dentistry
At Lane Family Dentistry, we want our patients to feel as though they can smile and feel confident every single time. For many, dental implants may be just what they need for the transformation.