Getting the smile you want: Dental Implant Basics

Getting the smile you want: Dental Implant Basics

DENTAL IMPLANTS ARE permanent false teeth created to look just like your other teeth. Implants are a prominent substitute to bridges or dentures, and they are considered to be
“one of the biggest advances in dentistry in the past 40 years” says the American Dental Association.

How Do They Work?

Different than bridges or dentures, which have to be removed and cleaned outside of your mouth daily and do not look or feel completely real, dental implants are surgically fastened to your jaw. A surgical screw is used in place of the roots your original teeth have to hold the new tooth in. The crown is carefully selected to match the shape and color of the neighboring teeth, so it blends right in.

There are two basic types of implant: subperiosteal and endosteal. Subperiosteal implants include a metal frame that fits onto the jaw bone instead of screwing into it, and these are a good choice if you do not have enough necessary bone structure for endosteal implants. Endosteal implants are surgically attached using a titanium post and placed directly to the jaw bone, and besides the crown itself, the complete implant formation is under the gums and looks and feels just like any other tooth.Watch the video below to see how titanium implants are made:

Who Are They For?

For those who have missing teeth because of disease or injury, implants could bring back your smile more effectively than other possible options. Although, not everyone is a qualified participant who have missing teeth. Oral health is just as important with implants as it is with real teeth for implants to be productive. Healthy gums and strong bone are necessary preceding an implant to support it, and once it’s in, you have to keep it clean by brushing and flossing.

But What About Braces?

It’s normally best to do braces first if you don’t already have your implants but need orthodontics to straighten your teeth. Implants are screwed into your jaw bone and will not move, which can make them great anchor support to help move your other teeth where they need to go—but only if they’re in the right place from the start. Otherwise your current implants might need to be removed and then reattached after you’ve completed with your braces.

Still Have Questions? We Have Answers!

Whether you are considering getting dental implants or know of someone who is, we can answer any questions you may have about them. We’re here to help you obtain the smile of your dreams! We love our patients!

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