What are Dental Implants?
Over the past 25 years, dental implants have changed the face of the dental industry. Upon discovery of the osseointegration process in 1952, dental implants have been groundbreaking in the realm of tooth replacement options. Since the development of dental implants much headway has been made on the installment, makeup and functionality of dental implants. Today, dental implants are the number one tooth replacement solution. If you are looking for the most natural feeling and looking tooth replacement solution to contribute to rebuilding your quality of life, dental implants might be the solution for you.
The scope of dental implants is likely far more involved than you might think. As with most all dentistry treatment procedures today, dental implants involve not only scientific discovery, understanding and research; but also clinical practice and application. Implant dentistry, therefore requires a certain degree of expertise in tooth restoration, planning and surgery. Implant dentistry today is very much as much about the experience and art as it is about the science.
To understand what dental implants are, you must consider the anatomy of a natural tooth. There are two parts to a natural tooth: the root, which lies beneath the gum line; and the crown, which is the part of the tooth that we see. Similarly, dental implants have two parts: the implant, which lies beneath the gum line and plays the role of the root; and the crown, which is custom designed and attached to the implant.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants offer the most natural looking and feeling tooth replacement option for those in need. Because of the natural integration process, dental implants actually become a part of the jaw itself, allowing the patient to maintain natural function and appearance of the tooth.
Dental implants are made of titanium because of its natural ability to fuse to human bone. The dental implant is inserted directly into the bone and allowed to heal (or fuse) together with the existing bone structure. Once healed (usually takes between 2 and 4 months) a crown is custom designed and fitted and is attached to the implant. The result is a tooth replacement option that offers the most natural results available.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Not everyone is a candidate for dental implants. Since the implant requires a certain amount of bone structure to support it, it therefore becomes necessary that in order to be eligible for implant surgery the patient must have a specific amount of bone remaining. That being said, because bone loss is common due to not replacing a missing tooth, those patients who have gone without replacing a missing tooth may not be good candidates for dental implant surgery.
If you have a missing tooth and are looking into replacement options, it is strongly encouraged that you contact your dentist to schedule an exam. Upon verification that dental implants are an option for you, call Midwest Periodontics to schedule your implant surgery consultation.