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Dental implants are replacement tooth roots that are surgically positioned into the jawbone.
WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Dr. Scott may recommend dental implants since they provide a more natural feel than conventional bridges or dentures. They also offer a stable support for artificial teeth and dentures or bridges mounted to implants won't slip or shift in your mouth. Once a dental implant is in place, a crown can be mounted onto them.
Advantages of Dental Implants:
Improved appearance: Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth and are a permanent solution to missing teeth.
Improved comfort: Implants eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures because they become part of you.
Ease of eating: Denture that slide can make chewing difficult. Implants function like your own teeth which allow you to eat your favorite foods with confidence and without pain.
Improved speech: Poor fitting dentures can cause you to mumble or slur your words. Dental implants allow you to speak without worrying that your teeth might slip.
Improved oral health: Dental implants do not require the reduction of other teeth, that a tooth-supported bridge would. More of your natural teeth are left intact improving long-term oral health. Implants also allow easier access between teeth, improving oral hygiene.
Durability: Implants are very durable and with good care, can last a lifetime.
Convenience: Dental implants eliminate the inconvenience of removing dentures, as well as then need for messy adhesives to keep them in place.
Once an individualized treatment plan that addresses your specific needs is prepared, the tooth root implant, which is a small post made of titanium, is placed into the bone socket of the missing tooth. The implanted metal post becomes securely anchored into the jaw as the jawbone heals and grows around the implant. The healing process can take six to twelve weeks.
After the implant has fused to the jawbone, an abutment (or small connector post) is affixed to securely attach the new tooth, which is typically a crown. Dr. Scott will take an impression of your teeth, along with a bite model to capture all of your teeth and their arrangement. The crown is based on the model and color of your teeth to give you the most natural look and feel. The crown is then attached to the abutment.