Traditional tooth replacement solutions offered patients restoration of just those parts of teeth visible above the gum line. However, without replacing the supportive root system of the tooth, these replacement methods lacked stability, adversely affected remaining healthy teeth, and did not combat the issue of bone and gum tissue loss. For these reasons, we frequently recommend dental implant supported tooth replacement. To find out more about dental implants, read on or contact our team to schedule a dental implant consultation today.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are titanium posts surgically positioned below the gum line to mimic tooth roots and provide support for a replacement tooth or teeth.
Why Should I Consider Implant Supported Tooth Replacement?
Unlike traditional tooth replacement options, dental implants restore the entire tooth roots and crown, so we often recommend this solution as it is more natural looking and feeling. Additionally, there are a number of oral health benefits associated with replacing lost root structure including maintaining the shape and volume of bone and gum tissue. We recommend implant supported tooth replacement more frequently than ever as innovations in methods and materials make this tooth replacement option safe and effective for a greater number of patients each year.
What is the Dental Implant Process?
Dental implant supported tooth replacement is completed in two phases. First, patients need to undergo surgical implant placement. A small incision is made in the gum tissue, and the titanium post is placed below the gum line. Over the course of three to six months after placement, the gum issue and supportive alveolar bone regrow and attach to the implant fusing it into place the same way a tooth root is anchored into the socket. Once this process, known as osseointegration, is complete, patients return to our office where we attach a custom tooth replacement prosthetic to the dental implant post.
How Long do Implants Last?
As long as patients care for their dental implants with daily cleaning and regular dental office visits, implant supported tooth replacement can last decades. We walk every patient through the proper care methods prior to beginning treatment, and we’re always happy to answers questions.