What are dental implants?
The three parts — the screw, the abutment, and the crown — work together to provide you with a secure, natural-looking tooth replacement. The screw replaces your tooth’s root by integrating with the bone beneath your gums. This fusion with the jaw bone supports the custom-designed prosthetic crown, which is shaped to look just like a healthy natural tooth. The crown or custom bridge is attached to the implant screw using a small post called an abutment, which creates a safe and permanent hold to ensure that your tooth or teeth will never slip or fall out.
What are the benefits?
Dental implants provide many benefits over traditional tooth replacement options; rather than resting above the gums like most prosthetic options, they protect your overall oral health by preventing dental shifting and bone loss. Here are just a few of the reasons you should consider choosing dental implants at our office in Sioux Falls, SD, for your tooth replacement needs:
They allow you to enjoy your favorite foods without worry. The secure, permanent hold between the titanium implant and your jaw bone functions just like your natural tooth root, allowing you to eat the foods that you enjoy.
They will look beautiful and natural. Whether you replace one or all of your teeth, you will be able to smile confidently knowing that your new teeth look beautiful and natural.
They are a highly versatile tool. Whether you want to replace one tooth or many teeth, implants can support a variety of different prosthetic attachments to fit your needs. They can also be used to anchor temporary dentures or orthodontic tools.
They preserve the health and appearance of your mouth. When you have missing teeth, the bone beneath your gums can start to recede, causing your mouth and lips to look more sunken in. Extensive bone loss can cause oral health complications, but dental implants naturally stimulate the bone around the teeth, just like your natural tooth’s root would. This stimulation preserves the structure of your oral and facial bones. Additionally, implants prevent dental shifting and other problems associated with missing teeth.
Your first appointment will consist of a thorough oral examination and consultation appointment. Your oral surgeon will take any necessary scans to form your treatment plan and determine the best course of action for your procedure. During this appointment, you will be able to ask your doctor any questions you have and discuss your overall treatment plan.
The surgical procedure is the next step in the treatment process. After administering your agreed-upon anesthetic option, your oral surgeon will place the screw into the empty tooth socket using advanced, custom-made surgical guides to ensure a proper fit. After the placement of the dental implant screw, your implant sites must heal before the tooth crowns are attached.
After the healing phase is complete, your oral surgeon will attach connecting abutments to your screws (if they were not attached already during your initial procedure). Then, your dentist will be able to attach your crown, bridge, or other permanent tooth attachment. The entire process is a joint effort between you, your oral surgeon, and your dentist.
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