What Are Dental Implants?
Any patient dealing with widespread tooth loss and extensive decay in their oral cavity has a lot to consider. Not only are they concerned with how they look when out in public, but also what the future might hold with regard to their oral health. What can they do? They can rely on one of the most utilized dental solutions: dental implants. This dental procedure is widely used to restore the lost functionality of missing teeth in the oral cavity.
The implants are permanently affixed to the actual jawbone and have not only a natural look but also a natural feel while eating. It should be noted that implants can also provide the foundation for other dental appliances such as dentures, crowns, and bridges. When they are secured in place, they can be brushed and flossed as if they were natural teeth. They are also cleaned and polished during professional cleanings and examinations by our office.
The majority of people have likely heard of dental implants but are unaware of how widely used they are. They likely are unaware that there are no dietary restrictions with dental implants either. Unlike dentures, they do not slip out of place while talking or eating. Any patients with questions about dental implants, should come to our office to find out more. Our office location is: Artistic Dental. Come see us today.
Components of Dental Implants
While the basic idea of dental implants might seem simple, it is actually a complicated dental appliance. Each implant is made up of three separate components.
The components include the implant, abutment, and crown. Each specific component is important and offers a separate function. The implant is the component that is affixed directly into the jawbone and secured in place. It offers a formidable foundation for abutment, which is threaded onto the implant. The final component is the crown which is secured to the abutment. The crown is the visible portion of the implant. It can be tinted and shaped to match the other teeth in the patient’s oral cavity.
Dental Implant Placement Procedure
Dental implants are an outstanding solution but there are some drawbacks. The most significant one is that implants cannot be placed in a single appointment. They are put in place across multiple appointments, spanning several months. While this might be frustrating, there is a reason for it. As each component is put into place, it has to heal fully before the next component can be placed. Following each step, the healing process is assessed to make sure the tissue has healed, and the component is properly in place. Once that is ascertained, the next step in the implant placement process can continue.
Any patient interested in finding out more about dental implants should come to our office to discuss it. At that time, we will come up with a treatment plan and talk about the options available. Our Artistic Dental staff is available by phone at (848) 222-3984.