Dental implants are small metal posts that function as a tooth root substitute. They are made of lightweight, strong, and biocompatible titanium. The implant is permanently placed into the jawbone, allowing the surrounding bone to heal around it, enabling it to function as an artificial tooth root. Then, a dental crown is attached to the implant to fill in the gap left behind by the lost tooth.
Dental implants are permanently placed prosthetic teeth that look and act just like your real teeth.
Benefits Of Dental Implants
Dental implants replace missing teeth, restoring your smile and your confidence. Dental implants look and function like natural teeth and, with proper care, can last a lifetime.
Dental Implants replace missing tooth roots and support restorations such as crowns, bridges, or dentures. Implants can also support orthodontic appliances such as braces. Implants can replace missing teeth without requiring support from adjacent teeth. The major benefits offered by dental implants can be summarized in the following:
- They function like your natural teeth.
- They prevent bone loss.
- They can prevent other teeth from shifting.
- They improve your ability to chew and speak.
- They improve the appearance of your smile.
- They improve your oral health.
The Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implants are permanent tooth replacements. The dental implant procedure generally involves three steps:
Placing the Implant Itself
The implant post, which resembles a small screw, is surgically placed in the jawbone during a minor surgical procedure that takes place under local anesthesia.
Allowing the Implant to Integrate with the Jawbone
Once the implant is in place, the jaw bone will heal and fuse with the implant in a process called osseointegration. The fusing of the implant to the bone is what provides the implant with stability and security.
Placing the final restoration on the implant
Once the bone has healed, the implant would be strong enough to support one of various dental restorations from a single dental crown to, in tandem with other implants, a full dental bridge.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
Dental implants are designed to last for the long term. With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime. In fact, some implants have been in place for over 40 years.
How Do I Maintain Dental Implants?
Dental implants are permanent tooth replacements. This means that once you get them, they shouldn’t ever need to be replaced. However, just like your natural teeth, you still need to care for them. Brush and floss your dental implants just as you would your natural teeth. If you take good care of them, they should last you a lifetime!
To learn more about the dental implant procedure offered by Osuna Dental Care, call us at (505) 884-1989 or visit our dental office located at 5900 Cubero Dr NE suite B, Albuquerque, NM 87109.