How Do Implants Work?
Implants function to replace not only your teeth but also your tooth roots. This makes them better for your long-term dental health than dentures, because they help stimulate natural jawbone growth. An individual implant is shaped like a screw and is made of titanium or a titanium alloy. Bone will naturally bond to titanium, creating a strong bond that helps hold your new teeth in place. The implant is set directly in the jawbone, so the bond between bone and implant also ensures that your jawbone will be stimulated to grow rather than being resorbed.
Typically, implants are placed in a two- or three-stage process. First, your implant dentist adds bone grafts or performs a sinus lift if necessary in order to provide a strong foundation for your implants. After this has healed, the implants are set in place and allowed to heal for a few weeks to ensure the bone bonds properly. Finally, the prosthetic teeth are added, giving you a new, full, beautiful smile.
What Are My Options for Dental Implants?
Traditional dental implants have a single titanium tooth root to support each individual tooth. Other types of implants are used to hold a denture in place. These implant-secured dentures require fewer individual implants, and are a good option for many who have already lost some jawbone mass. The procedure for this type of implant often takes much less time; in fact, you can have your implants and your denture placed in the same day, for a Same Day Smile.
If you’re interested in dental implants, be sure to consult with your implant dentist. Together, you’ll evaluate both your overall and dental health to determine if implants will work well for you.
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