Dental implants are prosthetic devices that replace missing teeth. The implant post is a small screw-shaped fixture surgically placed into the jawbone. It serves as the artificial tooth root and provides a stable foundation for the replacement tooth. The implant post is made from titanium, a biocompatible material that integrates with the jawbone through osseointegration. This integration ensures a secure and long-lasting bond between the implant and the bone.
Once the implant post-fuses with the jawbone, an abutment is attached. The abutment is a connector piece that protrudes above the gumline. It allows for the attachment of the dental crown, which is the visible part of the dental implant and resembles a natural tooth in size, shape, and color. At Worden Dentistry, the dental crown is custom-made to blend in seamlessly with the patient's existing teeth, providing a natural-looking and functional replacement.
Who Is a Suitable Candidate for Implants?
Dental implants rely on the integration of the implant post with the jawbone through a process called osseointegration. Adequate jawbone density is necessary to provide stability and support for the implant. If the jawbone is too thin or lacks volume, bone grafting or other procedures may be required to augment the bone before implant placement.
Dental implant candidates should have good oral health, including healthy gums and teeth, free from active gum disease or untreated tooth decay. Any existing dental issues should be addressed before implant placement.
Maintaining proper oral hygiene is crucial for the success and longevity of dental implants. Candidates for implants should be committed to regular brushing, flossing, and routine dental visits for professional cleanings and check-ups.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Missing teeth can affect confidence and self-esteem, making one hesitant to laugh or smile around others. Implants are the latest and most reliable solution for tooth loss. Implants look and feel like real teeth, so patients can feel confident and not have to worry about hiding their smiles when they talk or laugh in public.
When a tooth is missing, the jawbone in that area can start to deteriorate over time due to the lack of stimulation. The bone can begin to thin out and shrink, changing the shape of the jaw. This can not only affect the patient’s appearance, but it can also affect their bite alignment. If a patient’s bite is misaligned and their jaw has deteriorated, they may need orthodontic treatment to fix these issues. But with dental implants, the tooth root will be replaced with an artificial one, providing the necessary stimulation to keep the jawbone strong and help keep the teeth in their proper positions.
Dental implants provide a permanent and reliable solution for missing teeth, boosting self-esteem and confidence. Visit Worden Dentistry at 2336 Aberdeen Dr, Tyler, TX 75703, or call (903) 581-1646 to determine if dental implants are the right option for your specific dental needs.