What Are Dental Implants?

Posted by John Thousand on Apr 9 2023, 10:47 PM

At Dental Specialists of North Florida, dental implants are metal posts that replace the roots of missing teeth. They are surgically placed into the jawbone during a minor procedure in the dentist’s office. After the implant is placed, a period of healing begins. The jawbone will naturally bond with the implant, creating a stable foundation for the replacement tooth. Once the implant has bonded to the jawbone, it will hold a crown, bridge, or dentures like natural tooth roots. Dental implants provide the same functions as your natural teeth so that you can confidently talk, eat, and smile.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

Several benefits of dental implants can improve your smile and quality of life. Dental implants can replace missing teeth with a permanent solution, so you feel confident while speaking, smiling, and biting down. These implants can also help preserve the bone in your jaw, so your face maintains its shape from an even earlier age. Unlike traditional dentures, these implants will never slip or fall out, so you can go about everyday activities without worrying about your teeth. Finally, dental implants can help you maintain your oral health to avoid the complications associated with tooth loss, like jawbone deterioration.

When you lose a tooth, the jawbone deteriorates because the tooth roots no longer stimulate it. This is why it is so important to replace missing teeth as soon as possible to avoid problems in the future. The dental implant procedure restores the bone and prevents it from weakening by effectively replacing the tooth’s root. Patients will receive implants with a crown attached once the jawbone has completely healed and the titanium post is fused to the tissue in the gums. This crown will look, feel, and function just like natural teeth.

The Procedure for Dental Implants

Dental implants are titanium posts surgically placed in your jawbone where your missing tooth used to be. They act as an anchor for your replacement teeth and stimulate your jaw to prevent further bone deterioration.

Once your mouth has healed from the surgery, you will return to our office for the second step of the treatment process. Your abutments will be placed on top of the implants, and you will leave with these temporary replacements until your final restorations are complete.

Once your final restorations are ready to be placed, the temporary abutments will be removed, and the permanent ones will be attached instead. The restorations will then be placed and secured to the abutments.

Once a dental implant has been placed, it will typically last the rest of your life. However, you should maintain good oral hygiene and visit your dentist regularly to ensure no problems occur.

Visit Dental Specialists of North Florida at 10 Saint Johns Medical Park Drive, Suite C, Saint Augustine, FL 32086, or call (904) 794-1000 to find out if dental implants would be right for you!

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