A dental implant is a popular option to replace a tooth. Some people lose a tooth due to biting down on a hard substance, incurring a blow to the mouth or tooth decay. However, regardless of how a tooth is lost, it does not have to be detrimental to the lifestyle or appearance of the dental patient.
A dental implant is a natural tooth-replacement option. The patient who receives the dental implant will barely notice that he or she ever lost a tooth. Here are a few reasons why:
A dental implant rests inside the jawbone of the patient.
Natural teeth are secured within the jawbone. The roots are stabilized by their positioning inside the bone. Likewise, a dental implant is installed inside the jawbone. The implant, which is made of titanium, is drilled into the bone. Although the procedure may sound quite invasive, it can be easily completed in the outpatient setting of your dentist's office and does not require special surgical preparation. The implant can be completed using local anesthesia just as other dental surgeries can be.
Once the implant is placed, it is allowed a period of a few months to heal. As the wound heals, the bone connects to the implant screw or rod. This connecting progression, which is called osseointegration, causes the implant to become a stable, prosthetic dental root for the replacement tooth.
Most other tooth replacement devices, such as a denture or a fixed bridge, rest at the gum line of the patient. Since the dental implant is secured within the bone, it can be used in all the same manners as a natural tooth. Not only is it secure enough after healing to masticate food in the same manner as a natural tooth, but it can also be used to stabilize other dental devices, such as an implant-supported bridge or denture.
A dental implant restoration looks like a natural tooth.
Immediately after the installation of an implant, the patient may wonder if it will really look like his or her other teeth. However, the installation of the implant is only the first step in the restoration process.
After osseointegration is complete, a connector is added to the implant screw so that a dental crown can be placed. The crown, if made of porcelain or porcelain-over-metal, can be matched to the color of the patient's other teeth. In addition, the shape of the crown is also matched. To an observer, the replacement tooth will look just like the patient's other teeth.
To learn more about the advantages of a dental implant, schedule a consultation with a dentist like one from Williams Lake Dental in your area.