An implant is a titanium post placed in the jawbone to replace missing teeth and provide stability for replacement teeth. Dental implants are permanent, stable, and look and feel very natural. Implants are great alternatives to bridges or removable appliances like dentures because they look and function like natural teeth and are just as sturdy. They are also easy to care for and can be cleaned with your regular oral hygiene routine. You will need to visit our dentist at Drs. Davila & Velazquez, P.A., regularly have the implant checked to ensure it is functioning correctly.
The Procedure for Dental Implants
The implant is made of a biocompatible material, which means that it will be tolerated by the body and will not cause any reaction once implanted. Titanium is a material that is very strong and highly resistant to corrosion by fluids from surrounding oral tissues, such as gum tissues. This makes the implant extraordinarily stable and secure once placed in the jaw.
During the procedure, an incision is made in the gums, and the dental implant is inserted directly into the jawbone. The jaw will then be left untouched several months, allowing it to heal and fuse with the implant through osseointegration. Once this process is complete, the implant can support a replacement tooth without failing.
During the healing period after the procedure, it is essential to keep your mouth clean to prevent infection. You will be given special instructions to follow to ensure a successful outcome. Once the bone and gums around the implant has healed and has fully integrated with the implant, a custom restoration is created to be securely attached on top to fill the gap in your smile. Patients enjoy many benefits with the placement of dental implants, including improved appearance and function and an overall healthier mouth.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or an entire arch of teeth. They are a permanent solution that does not need to be removed like conventional dentures often do. However, they need to be cared for like natural teeth with brushing, flossing, and regular checkups at our dental office.
The bone in your jaw will deteriorate over time if a tooth is missing. This can cause other teeth to shift out of place, affecting your bite. A dental implant helps preserve your jawbone's structure to prevent this from occurring. An implant can last a lifetime and provide a complete smile with proper oral hygiene and regular checkups.
If you are missing a tooth and want to replace it with something functional and beautiful, visit Drs. Davila & Velazquez, P.A. at 120 Oakmont Dr, Greenville, NC 27858, or call (252) 756-7789 to consult our dentist about dental implants.