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Dental Implants

What Are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is a small post, usually made of titanium, that serves as a substitute for the root of the tooth. A connector (also called an abutment) is placed on, or built into, the top of the dental implant, which connects it to the replacement tooth. Finally, the restoration is completed by an implant crown, bridge, or denture. 

An implant takes the place of a missing tooth or teeth and preserves the jaw bone, preventing it from shrinking and changing. Missing teeth can also cause your jawbone to shrink, which can change your facial structure and appearance. Teeth may shift to fill in the space, changing your bite and smile. Everyday tasks such as talking or chewing become more difficult when teeth are missing. Though bridges and dentures can be a solution to missing teeth, they are less ideal than a fixed implant.

How Do Dental Implants Work?

Dental implants are the best option when it comes to restoring missing teeth. Patients with one or more missing teeth can choose this method of restoration. Dental implants are surgically placed into your jaw bone for the most secure and realistic anchor. The crown is then attached to this structure to imitate the appearance of a tooth. Implants come with a number of benefits over other methods:

  • Improved chewing.
  • Maintains and encourages the growth of the bone.
  • Replaces teeth without compromising other dentition.

Maintenance:

After your procedure is complete, it is important to care for the implants as you would your natural teeth, including daily brushing and dental cleanings at least every 6 months. A follow up appointment will be necessary to make sure the gums are healthy and that the implant is healing well.

The Advantages of Dental Implants:

  • Natural Feel & Function: Mimicking the root-and-crown structure of natural teeth, implants offer unparalleled stability and function.

  • Bone Preservation: Implants integrate with the jawbone, preventing bone resorption typically seen after tooth loss.

  • Durability: With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime, making them a wise investment in one’s oral health.

  • Aesthetic Excellence: Designed to seamlessly blend with your natural teeth, implants enhance both the smile’s form and function.

The Premier Dental Implant Journey:

  1. In-depth Consultation: Dr. Rodriguez evaluates your oral health, bone density, and discusses your expectations, ensuring implants are the right fit for you.

  2. Surgical Precision: The implant, a titanium post, is surgically placed in the jawbone, laying the foundation for the crown.

  3. Integration & Healing: Over the next few months, the implant fuses with the bone, a process known as osseointegration.

  4. Restoration Placement: Once healed, a custom-made crown, bridge, or denture is anchored to the implant, completing your smile.

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