Although it isn’t anything anybody wants, many people will need to have at least one tooth replaced sometime in their life. Teeth can be lost for a variety of reasons, including decay, disease, or injury. If you do lose a tooth, there are a variety of replacement options. One you may have heard of is dental implants. But how are they different from other methods, and how do they work?
Dental implants are really a remarkable development in restorative dentistry. Unlike most restorative methods that only replicate the visible crown of a tooth, implants recreate the entire tooth structure. This helps ensure a more effective, natural-feeling restoration.
Implants get their start below your gums, where a titanium post is inserted directly into the jaw bone. This acts as the implant’s root. The bone eventually grows around the post in a process called osseointegration. The post will be as firmly integrated as any natural tooth root.
Once this process is complete, the new replacement tooth or teeth will be ready to attach. Implants can anchor single tooth restorations, bridges, or even full-arch dentures. Whatever they end up anchoring will be fully independent of other teeth, thereby feeling more natural. Your natural bite will be preserved, and your normal oral hygiene routine can continue as normal.
Dental implants are a great option for people who need to have teeth replaced. If you would like to learn more about the implant process or any of the other restorative procedures we perform at Thomas Bell, DDS, please call our La Grange, IL, office today. Your optimum smile awaits.