Dental implants are replacement teeth attached to the jawbone with an artificial titanium alloy root. After the oral surgery to place the dental implant in the jaw, the gums must heal, and the jaw bone will fuse with the implant over time. This process is known as osseointegration, which can take three to six months to complete. Once the patient’s mouth and the implant have bonded, the patient can return to their dentist to have the crown placed on the post.
Dental crowns are artificial teeth at the dental implant or anchor post. The crown is made of porcelain to match the natural look of a patient’s tooth. When the crown is placed over the abutment, it will look completely natural, and no one can tell that you have had dental work done. Most patients with dental implants have no problem smiling because the implants look so natural. At Michael McMahon, DDS, dental implants are great for patients missing several missing teeth. They can also be used when a patient has a severely broken tooth that needs to be extracted.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants are titanium rods surgically placed in the jawbone where teeth are missing. The implant then serves as the permanent root for the replacement tooth to be placed overtop of.
Titanium is biocompatible, so patients do not have to worry about the implant being rejected by the body. Once the dental implant is placed and allowed to heal, it is left to serve as a permanent solution for missing teeth. Patients can brush and floss their implants just like their natural teeth for a lifetime of excellent oral health.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are permanent replacements that look and function like natural teeth. They comprise three components: the implant, abutment, and crown. The implant is surgically placed below the gum line, fusing with the jaw bone to become a strong anchor for the crown. Once the implant has healed and integrated with your bone, the abutments are attached to the implants, and the crowns are attached to them to complete your smile transformation.
Dental implants have many benefits because they are a permanent solution to tooth loss. Because they are implanted into your jaw, they act as an artificial root that prevents bone loss in your jaw. Because they replace the entire tooth, you do not have to worry about dentures slipping or falling out. And finally, they are easy to care for, just like your natural teeth! You will brush and floss them like usual to maintain a healthy smile.
If you want dental implants to replace missing teeth, contact Michael McMahon, DDS, at 3405 Kenyon Street Suite 510, San Diego 92110, or call (619) 223-7189 to schedule an appointment. During the consultation, your teeth replacement options will be thoroughly discussed to determine which option will work best for you.