A dental implant is a screw-like post made from titanium, designed to replace the root of a tooth that was lost due to decay or trauma. The post is placed into the jawbone and capped with a ceramic crown to restore function as well as appearance. Implants look, feel, and function just like natural teeth!
Advantages of Dental Implants
Compared to traditional treatment options, dental implants offer a number of valuable benefits. Dental implants look and feel natural, and choosing them can be a permanent solution to tooth loss.
Other tooth replacement options require patients to wear temporary dentures or bridges with clasps that can be difficult to clean around. With dental implants, you can brush and floss like you normally would and experience improved oral health overall.
Additionally, unlike with dentures, you won't have to worry about slips or irritation while talking or eating. Finally, implants can last a lifetime when properly maintained. As long as you practice good oral hygiene habits, your dental implants can remain in place for the rest of your life.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
Good candidates for implants should be in good overall health and have healthy gums and enough bone to hold the implant in place. They should be committed to good oral hygiene habits and regular dental visits.
Some patients might not be suitable candidates for traditional implants and instead may benefit from implant-supported dentures or bridges. Our dentist will be able to discuss your treatment goals with you and recommend the optimal tooth replacement solution to meet your needs.
Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implants are surgically placed in the jawbone for patients who need to replace one or more missing teeth. They consist of a titanium post, an abutment, and a crown. The post is placed in your jawbone and functions like an artificial tooth root. The abutment and crown are attached to the top of the post.
It usually takes two or three appointments to receive dental implants, so you'll want to plan your schedule accordingly. The process is as follows:
After determining your candidacy for the implant procedure, the dentist will insert the implant post into your jaw surgically. Once you've received your implants, they'll need to be left undisturbed for four to six months so the jawbone can fuse around them.
Once the bone has healed around the implant, our dentist will fit you with a customized dental crown that will match the rest of your teeth. You'll leave this final appointment with a fully natural and functional smile!
After you get your new dental implant restoration, you'll be able to eat and speak normally with your new teeth. They'll feel just as strong as natural teeth, and you won't have to worry about any slipping or shifting. With proper care, they can last you for the rest of your life!
Visit Polin Dental at 2600 N Military Trl #320, Boca Raton 33431, or call (561) 997-2323 to learn more about our dental procedures.