Dental Implants Overview
Could you imagine telling your grandparents, or even your parents, that they could have their missing teeth replaced using a method that would feel no different, and look no different, than a full set of healthy, natural teeth? Back in the day, they would have thought such a thing was unthinkable, and they would have been right. Today, though, dentists can replace missing teeth using dental implants, which are the next best thing to your own teeth. So, what are they? How can they give you back full functionality and appearance? This overview will explain.
How Dental Implants Work
Dental Implants are made using a titanium post, which is placed surgically in your jaw. It fuses to your jawbone, and then your dentist places an abutment on top of the post. The abutment anchors a dental crown, with is a prosthetic tooth, usually made from porcelain. Although the implant itself is simply the titanium post, all three components together form what we typically refer to as “dental implants.”
Patients who have chosen dental implants will find that they work no differently from their own, natural teeth. And implants, unlike other restorative dentistry treatments like dentures or bridgework, will actually work to stimulate the jaw and encourage bone growth. This is because your jawbone grows around the implant. Dentures simply rest on top of your jaw, and do nothing to encourage bone growth, and nothing to inhibit bone loss.
In addition to encouraging bone growth, patients who choose dental implants will find that they never have to worry about their prosthetic teeth slipping or sliding. In addition, because implants are permanently fixed in the jaw, you never have to worry about taking them out for cleaning, and there is no danger of dropping and breaking them. Implants can be cleaned the same way you would your natural teeth.
With dental implants, you just have to keep up with your ordinary regimen of oral care. See your dentist for checkups, get regular professional cleanings, and of course, brush and floss.
Remember, though, that the crown is still vulnerable to some of the things that might also damage a natural tooth. Biting or grinding can harm the crown, and of course a blow to the mouth can cause breakage. Generally speaking, though, your implants are impervious to anything other than gum disease, which could cause them to fail.
Contact Our Huntley Dentist
To talk about dental implants, or to book a consultation, call Dr. Christopher R. Pottorff at Advanced Dental and Implant Care, 847-854-1200.
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