Replacing More than Meets the Eye
Your teeth consist of more than the crowns that rest above your gums. Though they make up the visible portion of your smile, and are responsible for biting and chewing, your teeth’s crowns rely on the roots that support them. Embedded in your jawbone, your teeth’s roots not only stabilize your teeth, they also provide a pathway for nutrients, and help keep your jawbone healthy when stimulated. Therefore, losing teeth roots can have severe long-term effects on your jawbone and dental health. Dental implants, which are designed to replace lost roots, can help prevent these consequences while providing unmatched support for your replacement crown, bridge, or denture.
The Support of Dental Implants
A dental implant is a small post made from titanium that is surgically-inserted into your jawbone. The titanium is biocompatible, meaning your jawbone will accept it as biologically compatible and fuse to the post after the surgery. After your jawbone has healed and the post is secured (usually within 4-6 months), we can attach an abutment to the implant that will rest above the gum line and allow us to attach a replacement crown. Patients who lose more than one tooth may require more than one implant to support a dental bridge or dentures (depending on how many teeth you’ve lost).
If you or someone you know has worn a dental bridge or denture for a while, than the difference that dental implants make may be immediately noticeable. The support of implanted anchors means your replacement teeth won’t shift or lose their grip. Also, when you bite and chew, the implant posts can restore the stimulation that your jawbone requires to remain strong and healthy. By maintaining your jawbone’s strength, implants are the only restoration that can help prevent future tooth loss due to jawbone deterioration.
Do You Qualify for Dental Implants?
To determine if you qualify for dental implants, Dr. Sayyah will perform a comprehensive examination using digital X-rays and 3D imaging technology. To support the implants, your jawbone should be dense and strong enough to fuse to the posts. Your teeth should be free of decay, and your gums should be free of gum disease, otherwise your implant procedure and healing process could be compromised. If your jawbone is weak, or a dental issue is present, then Dr. Sayyah can recommend an appropriate treatment to restore your dental health before your implant procedure.