Dental implants are replacement tooth roots. At Hendricks Family Dentistry, they are small metal posts or frames surgically placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The implants act as an anchor to hold a replacement tooth, bridge, or denture in place. While implants are typically more expensive than other methods for replacing missing teeth, they provide superior benefits. In addition to looking and functioning like natural teeth, implant-supported restorations allow patients to brush, floss, and maintain good oral hygiene like their natural teeth. This helps to prevent common problems such as tooth decay and periodontal disease that can lead to further tooth loss.
Dental implants are recommended when a patient is missing one or more teeth that cannot be replaced with bridgework or dentures. A dental implant is a small titanium screw inserted into the jaw bone and replaces the root of the missing tooth, providing strength and stability to the replacement tooth. Patients with implants can enjoy a healthy diet and smile confidently. Patients considering dental implants should select a dentist who is trained to perform dental implants. During a consultation appointment, the dentist will evaluate the patient’s oral health and discuss the best treatment plan for their needs. Some bone loss patients may need additional treatments before receiving dental implants
Dental implants are surgically placed into your jaw. The dental implant is a small screw-shaped tooth's root and is inserted into the jawbone, where it fuses with the bone over time. Once this process is complete, a metal abutment is placed on top of the implant to connect the implant to the restoration. These restorations include dental crowns and bridges. Unlike traditional dentures or bridges secured on the gum line, implants are securely anchored into the jawbone for maximum stability and function. This ensures that patients can speak and eat quickly and do not have to worry about slipping dentures while speaking!
Dental implants are a permanent solution, unlike bridges and dentures that may need to be repaired or replaced multiple times over the years. Many patients choose implants because they offer a more permanent solution to their dental problems. Once the implant post is inserted and healed, it will act like a natural tooth root. You can brush and floss your dental implant the same way you usually brush your teeth, be sure to avoid flossing directly around the top of the implant to keep from damaging the gum line.
Dental implants offer several advantages over other tooth replacement options like bridges and dentures. To discover more about dental implants, contact Hendricks Family Dentistry at 4181 Center Road, Brunswick, OH 44212, or call 330-225-1433.