The Science of Dental Implants

graphic of a lower jaw with a dental implant being placed into an open space between teeth

As a child, losing a tooth is fun because you know you’ll grow an adult tooth in its place and, of course, receive a gift from the tooth fairy. But losing a tooth as an adult can be a major source of stress. After all, missing teeth can result in having difficulty chewing, talking, smiling, and it can cause your cheeks to sink in which will give you an older appearance.

Thankfully with modern dentistry, there are a number of tooth-replacement options out there—one of the most popular being dental implants. Dental implants are an excellent choice for those who want to permanently replace missing teeth without having to do any special upkeep to maintain them. How are these tooth replacements able to function so similarly to real teeth? We’ll walk you through the process of getting dental implants.

The Implant Placement

The entire dental implant process takes about five to six months, but the actual dental implant procedure occurs over a few visits. First, your dentist will make a small incision in your gum and drill into your jawbone. This sounds scary, but you’ll have the necessary anesthesia and sedation so that you won’t feel a thing. They will then place a titanium rod into the hole, which will function as a strong replacement tooth root. Once the rod is in, your dentist will sew up the incision. Over the next few weeks, the rod will fuse to your jawbone.

The Restoration

During the next visit, your dentist will make an incision in your gums to expose the titanium rod, which is now attached to your jawbone. They will then place a temporary healing cap on the implant so that the area is prepped for the actual crown. After that, your dentist will then apply a titanium piece called an abutment to the implant root so that it can easily attach to a dental crown, which is the part that resembles the appearance of an actual tooh.

Caring for Dental Implants

Don’t be nervous about maintaining your dental implant. You can brush, floss, eat with, and talk with your implant just as you would a regular tooth. We bet no one will even notice the difference! Implants can last decades if cared for properly, so you won’t have to constantly worry about maintenance.

If you’re interested in dental implants and want to know more about the procedure, don’t hesitate to ask us! At Highland Oaks Family Dentistry, we pride ourselves in helping people maintain healthy, beautiful smiles. Contact us to schedule an appointment today!

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