Dental implants are one of the best permanent options for patients with missing teeth. They look and feel natural and will last a long time with proper care.
Dental implants are pieces of titanium that resemble a screw. They are anchored into the jawbone as a support system for your crowns. The implant connects to an abutment that connects your implant and crown.
After the screw is inserted into your bone socket, the implant will stimulate bone growth. Your jaw will naturally grow around the implant and fuse together as one, a process known as ossification. The implant leaves the surrounding teeth intact.
Once ossification happens, the remainder of the implant is attached. A connector, known as an abutment, is placed on top of the dental implant as a support base for a crown that will complete the implant. The entire process – from implant surgery to crown placement – can take up to 7 months.
When fully healed, implants do not affect eating, drinking, or speaking. Most patients report an easy transition and great experience living with implants.
Implants require the usual brushing and flossing as well as twice-yearly cleaning and exam appointments.
Consider implants as a solution for your missing teeth. They do require a healthy mouth and adequate bone, as well as a time commitment. We’ll advise on your personal situation.
Call Lockhart Dentistry today for a consultation – implants truly are one of the best ways to restore your teeth and smile!