If you have been told that you have a tooth that requires extraction, if you have lost a tooth and are living with the gap in your smile, or if you currently have a bridge or dentures that are becoming difficult to live with, you may wish to consider dental implants.
Dental implants aren’t a particularly new innovation, but the solution is still rising in popularity, largely thanks to the fact that implants are now more accessible and affordable than before. Patients and dentists everywhere consider dental implants to be the most effective and successful solution for missing teeth – superior in many ways to the conventional methods of placing a bridge, or in the case of multiple missing teeth, dentures. Instead, the unique design of dental implants makes them a far more desirable choice for patients who are looking for a tooth loss solution.
Dental implants utilize a process called osseointegration. Bone is a live substance with the ability to heal itself if it becomes damaged. The reason why broken limbs are placed in a cast is so that the different parts of the break remain still while they heal. This healing is what is known as osseointegration and it is something that also happens if the bone in the jaw becomes damaged – such as through the placement of an implant.
The base of each implant is a small, titanium screw or post that is inserted into the jawbone via an incision in the gums. When osseointegration occurs, the bone heals around the post, securing it permanently in place. This post then becomes an anchor for the rest of the implant, securing it to your mouth so that it doesn’t slip or move around when you eat or speak. If osseointegration fails, such as because you don’t have enough healthy, quality bone in your jaw, then the implant will come loose and the whole solution will fail.
The other main part of the dental implant is a custom-designed crown. This forms the visible part of the tooth and will sit atop the gum tissue, blending in seamlessly with the rest of your smile. It is attached to the dental implant post using a special connector called an abutment.
Dental implant technology can be used to replace single teeth and multiple teeth when a bridge or denture is attached via implant posts.
There are various reasons why dental implants are one of the most sought-after solutions for missing teeth. Some of the key benefits associated with dental implants include:
The ability to strengthen the jaw bone
A prosthetic that looks and feels just like a natural tooth
Restored strength and function of your tooth
A solution that is easy to clean and cannot be affected by decay
No compromise on what you can eat
A long-lasting prosthetic that is a great investment in your smile
Before we can determine if you are a suitable candidate for dental implants, you will first need to attend an appointment with our team. This is for an assessment of your teeth, mouth, and jaw to see if a dental implant is the best choice for your replacement. This will involve checking out the quality and density of your jaw bone to ensure that it is healthy enough to support the implant post and that osseointegration will happen. If you are found to have insufficient bone in your jaw, you may first need a procedure called bone grafting. This is when the additional bone is grafted onto your natural jaw so that it prompts regeneration and strengthening.
If you would like more information about dental implants, or if you would like to arrange an appointment to see if you are a good candidate for this procedure, please get in touch with our dedicated dental team at our offices in Jackson, WI.