Looking for superior tooth replacement?
Every patient deserves a smile that looks like the real thing – even after tooth loss. And dental implants help make that goal a reality.
A dental implant is a titanium screw that is surgically implanted into the jaw bone. Implants offer more stable foundations for restorations like crowns, bridges and dentures. If you have recently lost a permanent tooth, or if you’re hoping to improve an existing restoration, you owe it to yourself to learn more about implants.
Learn more from the frequently asked questions below, and get in touch to schedule your own implant consultation.
How do dental implants work?
Implants are made of titanium. This material connects with bone tissue, leading the implant to integrate with the jaw over time. This helps prevent bone loss and also allows the implant to act as an extremely stable foundation.
Once the implant has integrated with the bone, a restoration is attached to the top of the implant via an abutment. Implants can be paired with any type of restoration – even patients with existing dentures can modify their dentures to sit atop implants. This removes the need for denture glue and transforms denture performance.
What are the benefits of choosing a dental implant?
Implants are a unique restorative option. Unlike other restorations, they allow patients to replace entire teeth, both root and crown. Some of the advantages associated with implants include:
- Less bone loss – When a natural tooth is lost, the jaw bone resorbs in the area. This is because a root is no longer attached to the bone, and there isn’t tissue stimulation. An implant helps to slow the bone loss that would occur if the patient were to use a removable denture. Maintaining this bone tissue is important in maintaining the shape and structure of the jaws, and also preventing premature aging through collapse of facial structure.
- Better restoration stability and function – Even if dentures fit extremely well, they’re never going to be as effective as restorations with physical connections to the jaw. Implants allow for partials and dentures to be extremely functional and look more natural. You will eat and speak more comfortably and confidently.
- No dependence on adjacent teeth for support – A bridge will replace a missing tooth, but at the cost of the surrounding teeth. Bridges can place unhealthy pressure and stress on the teeth holding the bridges’ crowns, leading to additional dental problems.
What will dental implant surgery be like?
Implant surgery will be unique to each patient’s case. Dr. Phillippi will review what the process will be like at the outset of your treatment plan.
You may need to have preparatory procedures like a bone graft or periodontal treatment before receiving your implant. This will help ensure that your implant will succeed, and will also help prevent infection or complications.
There are also necessary waiting periods throughout implant placement, so that the implants have time to heal and integrate with the jaw. After your implants have been placed, you will need to take some time to heal before you pair them with restorations.
Dr. Phillippi will do everything possible to keep you comfortable throughout this process. If you have any questions about what to expect with implants, please connect with us.