What are dental implants?
Dental implants are tiny screws that are surgically implanted into your jawbone and work as artificial tooth roots. They’re typically made from titanium, which your body doesn’t recognize as a foreign substance. This allows the implant to actually fuse to your jawbone as you heal, providing a strong and sturdy foundation on top of which your dentist can place a crown, bridge, or dentures.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
By providing a replacement for your missing tooth root, dental implants prevent many of the complications associated with missing teeth. The implant stimulates your jawbone, which prevents bone loss, and provides a stable foundation for a restoration that can make your smile whole again.
Dental implants also have a wide range of advantages compared to other restorations. They don’t require the removal of any enamel, unlike crowns and bridges. Because they mimic the natural structure of your tooth, they feel very natural and don’t require any special maintenance, unlike removable dentures.
What’s the process of getting dental implants?
Dental implants require a few office visits and some minor surgery. Here at Nguyen Dental we will refer you to an Oral Surgeon to place your dental implant. The Oral Surgeon numbs your mouth with a local anesthetic, makes a tiny incision in your gums, drills a small hole in your jawbone, and inserts the implant. Once the implant is in, they stitch you up and send you home.
Over the next few months, your gums heal and the implant fuses with your jawbone. After you’ve healed and the implant fuses, you come back to Nguyen Dental for another visit. Your dentist fits your implant with an abutment, which is a tiny post that sticks up out of your gums, and attaches your restoration.
Once the restoration is in place, you’re done! You leave the office with a newly functional smile that makes you forget you were ever missing a tooth in the first place.