Dental implants are recognized as the most natural and permanent treatment for missing teeth because they restore natural beauty, feeling, and function, just like having your old teeth back again. We’ll discuss what they are and how they function here, and Dr. Dennis can help you determine if you are a candidate for them.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are titanium screws that are surgically placed in your jaw to replace the missing tooth root. Many people don’t understand that the root is one of the most important parts of the tooth. Once it is gone, the body begins to absorb the minerals in the jawbone that surrounded it. If you are missing many or all of your teeth, this process can lead, in as little as ten to twenty years, to a serious health condition called facial collapse.
But a dental implant is a titanium root form shaped like a screw. It is surgically placed in the jaw to replace the missing root. During the healing process, the body will restore the bone material through a process called osseointegration, filling in more bone until the root form is integrated into the jaw itself. The resulting structure is strong enough to support a crown or bridge.
The Dental Implant Procedure
The root form is placed during a surgical procedure, and the healing period can last from two to six months. Once it is completely healed, Dr. Dennis will create and place a porcelain crown that mimics the beauty and translucency of a natural tooth. And no one will be able to tell that it is not your own tooth.
Dental Implants Can Support Dentures
Dental implants can also be used to support partial and full dentures, leading to the alleviation of many of the problems caused by dentures. The most important of these is facial collapse, because once the jawbones lose enough bone structure to support a denture, chewing efficiency can be reduced to a point where people must make do with soft foods. This can lead to other health consequences.
Choosing a Qualified Dentist
Implants are more and more popular, but there is no legal requirement for adequate training, so many dentists attempt them without becoming fully qualified. Dental implant failure can be the result. Dr. Dennis earned her credentials from the 3i Company for dental implants, where she attained Mastery Level over the course of two years of study. In addition, she has dedicated thousands of hours to postgraduate training in advanced cosmetic and restorative dentistry.
If you would like to find out if you are a candidate for dental implants, please call our office or complete our request an appointment form. We’ll gladly help you schedule an appointment for a full examination or a brief complimentary consultation.