Dental implants are the tooth replacement option of choice among dentists and patients. Unlike other restorations, such as bridges and dentures, which only replace the missing crowns, dental implants replace the missing root and crown. This translates to better jaw health and enhanced stability. At Radiance Dentistry in Irving, TX, Dr. Mounir Iskandar can explain the anatomy of a dental implant and how these restorations can give you a stronger and healthier smile.
Implant-supported restorations consist of three parts: the implant post, the abutment, and the artificial crowns. These three pieces work together to improve your oral health and give you a strong smile that can last a lifetime. Dental implants have become the gold standard in tooth replacement because of the many benefits they offer, including halting bone loss and permanently attached restorations for a fully functioning and beautiful smile.
The dental implant post is the piece that replaces the missing tooth root. It resembles a screw and is crafted from biocompatible titanium. After being surgically inserted into the jaw, it integrates with the bone to create a permanent and stable foundation that can support a restoration.
The implant posts are what makes dental implants superior to other types of restorations. It acts as the missing tooth root, drawing nutrients to the jawbone. This prevents bone loss, which occurs after tooth loss and continues even when traditional restorations are in place.
After the implant post has fully integrated and fused with the jawbone, the abutment is attached. This connecting piece attaches to the end of the implant and generally protrudes from the gums. Abutments come in different sizes and shapes, depending on the type of restorations they will support. After the gums have healed, the abutment is what will hold the final restoration in place.
Crowns, bridges, and dentures can be attached to dental implants. These are custom-made from high-quality, lifelike materials so they feel and look natural. Once your gums have healed, Dr. Iskandar can take impressions to create your implant-supported restoration. These restorations are made from precise measurements so they fit comfortably. When the custom restoration is ready, Dr. Iskandar will secure it to the abutments.
When your restorations are securely in place, they will function just like your natural teeth. You can eat your favorite foods once more and speak clearly. Caring for implant-supported restorations is as simple as caring for your natural teeth: brush and floss daily, and get regular dental exams and cleanings.
Whether you are missing one tooth, several teeth, or all your teeth, dental implants are the best possible solution. Dr. Iskandar can thoroughly evaluate your remaining teeth, gums, and jawbone to determine if dental implants are right for you. Although not all patients qualify for dental implants, procedures like bone grafting can significantly improve your candidacy. Contact Radiance Dentistry today to schedule your consultation.