Has your smile been causing insecurity since you lost a tooth or had one extracted? It can be difficult to muster confidence when you’re worried about your incomplete smile. Thankfully, restorative dentistry offers a number of ways to cope with tooth loss, one of the most popular of which is dental implants. Implants help to complete smiles by replacing both the missing tooth and its root, giving you a beautifully restored smile, that can function like new.
What Are Implants Made Of?
Implants are made of three separate parts, which work together to create a stable tooth replacement. First, a titanium post is surgically inserted into the jawline. Given time your tissue will grow around it, in a process called osseointegration. This usually takes a few months. Once the tissue has grown around the post, though, this provides added stability to your choice of prosthetic.
Implants can be used in conjunction partial or full dentures, a pontic or a dental crown. Some patients even choose to stabilize dental bridges with a dental implant.
The replacement tooth is connected to the post through the use of an abutment. Together, they provide a secure way for you to smile confidently, and chew without fear of your prosthetic shifting about.
The other benefit of a dental implant is that because it is inserted into the jawline, it helps mimic your tooth’s root, providing nutrients to your jaw as you chew. This can help maintain the health of your jaw and the rest of your smile for many years to come. If you want a prosthetic that looks and feels natural, dental implants may be ideal.