How Do Dental Implants Work?

How Do Dental Implants Work?

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Are you missing a tooth? If so, ask your dentist whether you may be a candidate for dental implants.

A dental implant is a false tooth that mimics both the appearance and function of a patient’s natural teeth. The following overview will provide you with more detailed information about what dental implants are and how they might restore your smile.

What is a Dental Implant?

A traditional dental implant consists primarily of the following three components:

  • A titanium rod
  • An abutment
  • A restoration

The dental implant procedure involves these steps:

  • Evaluating the condition of a patient’s teeth and overall oral health to determine if they’re a candidate for dental implant treatment
  • Inserting the titanium rod into a patient’s jawbone and waiting for it to fuse with the jawbone
  • Attaching an abutment to the titanium rod
  • Completing the treatment by attaching a restoration that resembles a real tooth

A dentist will typically ask a patient to schedule follow-up appointments after completing treatment. The purpose of these appointments is to confirm there are no complications and the treatment was successful.

Dental Implants: A Note on Bone Grafting

After the initial evaluation, a dentist might find that a patient lacks the jawbone strength needed to support a dental implant. In these circumstances, it’s not always the case that a patient isn’t a candidate for dental implant treatment.

A patient whose jawbone can’t support an implant may be a good candidate for bone grafting. During the bone grafting procedure, a surgeon will apply extra bone tissue to a patient’s jawbone. Doing so may strengthen the jawbone so that a patient can move forward with dental implant treatment.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants work in very much the same way as natural teeth. Once the implant fuses with a patient’s jawbone and the dentist installs the abutment and restoration, a dental implant will function and feel almost exactly the same as a real tooth.

That’s just one of the major benefits dental implants offer. Durability is another one. According to a study in the journal Clinical Implant Dentistry and Related Research, with proper care, approximately 94% of dental implants remain in good condition after 15 years.

Maintaining a dental implant is also relatively easy. Unlike other false teeth, such as dentures, which a patient may need to regularly remove and clean, taking care of a dental implant involves staying on top of oral hygiene and seeing a dentist on a regular basis. A dental implant is very similar to a natural tooth in this way as well.

Speak With Your Dentist About Dental Implants

Dental implant treatment isn’t the ideal treatment option for all patients. If you’re missing a tooth, the best way to learn more about replacing it is to consult with a dentist. They can explain your options and help you choose the right treatment method for your needs.

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