Evidence of dental implants dates back thousands of years, so let’s just say there’s been a sufficient track record of research! Although the idea is thousands of years old, the materials have come a long way. The dental implants of today are the best option for replacing missing teeth and have offered a new chance at health for so many patients who have lost teeth due to decay, infection, or injury.
What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant replaces a tooth’s root. Dental implants are as close as we can get to restoring our natural teeth and help to maintain the bone, gums, and surrounding teeth at optimal levels. There are no better alternatives. Designed using high grade, biocompatible titanium, they actually fuse with your natural bone to provide added stability for your dental implant crown.
Implants consist of three parts: the dental implant itself, the abutment, and the dental implant crown. The implant is the post that replaces your tooth’s root and integrates with your bone. It is the part you can’t see. The implant crown is the part that resembles the natural tooth. Think of it as the part you can see. The abutment is the piece that connects the two.
Each abutment and dental implant crown is custom made for your unique situation. That allows us to most accurately replace the function of your natural teeth and restore the look and feel of your smile.
There are a lot of steps from start to finish when getting a dental implant. Be sure to ask your dentist your questions about dental implants. Here at Tippit Dental Group, we want you to go in to your procedures fully knowledgeable and completely understanding the process.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants have numerous health, lifestyle, and cosmetic benefits. In addition to preventing the bone loss mentioned above, dental implants keep your natural teeth from drifting toward the gap in your smile. This helps to maintain the comfort and function of your bite.
Once you finish with the dental implant process, you do not need to restrict your diet in any way. You can eat the healthy foods you love, including crunchy fruits and vegetables. A balanced, nutritious diet is essential to overall wellness!
Esthetically, dental implants provide exceptional results. Even when you smile, no one will notice you have a dental implant because each crown is a small work of art designed just for you.