A dental implant is a small titanium rod that’s either inserted directly into the jawbone or onto a metal frame. When the implant is embedded straight into the jaw, the bone naturally regrows around the post, firmly securing it in the bone so it can serve as a permanent anchor.
It takes a few months for the bone to heal, but once your dentist at About Smiles is sure the implant is fastened in place, a piece of metal -- the abutment -- is fastened to the top of the implant, and that piece is used to hold a new crown or dental device.
The second type of implant is made from a metal frame that’s placed onto the jawbone just below the gum. As gums heal, the frame attaches to the bone. Then the titanium rods are attached to the metal frame.
Dental implants are used to fill in gaps where one or more teeth are missing. It’s important to replace lost teeth, both for your dental health and to feel confident about your appearance.
Without the support of the missing tooth, the surrounding teeth will begin to shift. Over time, your bite will become misaligned, which can lead to damaged teeth. The misalignment can also cause damage to the jaw.
One implant can be used to anchor a crown, or multiple implants may be used for several artificial teeth. Implants can also anchor dentures or a permanent bridge.
Inserting an implant requires dental surgery, whether your dentist needs to drill a hole into the bone where the implant will go, or get beneath the gums to place the frame.
Your gums and jawbone must be healthy and strong enough to support the implant. If they’re not, you may need oral surgery before the implant to get them into shape. If the bone is too thin or soft, a bone graft may be needed prior to inserting the implant.
The dentists at About Smiles are highly qualified and experienced in oral surgery and the placement of implants. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions about whether implants are a good option for you.
At About Smiles, we are in-network with most major insurance plans. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
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