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What is a dental implant?
Think of it as a permanent solution for missing teeth.
Dental implants are titanium screws that serve as artificial tooth roots. A professional surgically inserts the screw into your jawbone, where it will provide the support that a natural tooth root does.
Patients can get implants in either their upper or lower jaws. Regardless of where they are, they restore your teeth’s functionality and aesthetic appearance.
How does a dental implant work?
To understand how an implant works, you must understand the relationship between your teeth and alveolar bone.
The alveolar bone surrounds your teeth. The roots of your teeth naturally stimulate this bone as you eat, move your jaw, etc. This keeps the bone healthy and functioning properly.
When you lose a tooth, the root is no longer there to stimulate the alveolar bone. As a result, the bone will start to deteriorate.
Dental implants fix this by mimicking a natural tooth root. Through a process called osseointegration, they become part of the jawbone, thereby stimulating bone growth.
What else is involved with a dental implant?
A missing tooth is not something you should take lightly. Aside from aesthetic issues, it can:
- Cause your teeth to shift
- Negatively impact your diet
- Affect your bite
- Cause facial sagging
- Cause other teeth to crack due to an altered bite
Dental implants are one of the most effective solutions for missing teeth. They are one of the most natural, functional, and aesthetically-pleasing options. Their other benefits include that they:
- Are long-lasting
- Let you brush your teeth as normal
- Support your facial structure
- Restore full chewing power
What do dental implants in Sunbury look like?
Dental implants require extensive planning to ensure their success.
We will take CT scans to come up with the best course of action. We will also address any other dental issues you may (unhealthy gums, bone loss, etc.). This will prevent problems down the line.
After surgically inserting the screw into your jawbone, we cover it with a temporary healing cap. It will take the screw around 3-4 months to fully integrate with your jawbone. At a later appointment, we replace the healing cap with a healing abutment and temporary tooth.
Eventually, you will get a permanent abutment and crown. The final result feel, function, and look just like a regular tooth!
Schedule Consultation for Dental Implants in Sunbury
Think you would benefit from dental implants in Sunbury? Give Vineyard Dental Sunbury a call today! We’ll schedule your consultation and get you into the office ASAP.