A dental implant is a small titanium post surgically inserted into the jawbone where a tooth is missing. The implant is used as a support to hold a crown or a bridge and replace a missing tooth. Dental implants act as natural teeth and prevent the deterioration of the jawbone and adjacent teeth.
Before a dental implant can be placed, the gums and jaw must be checked to ensure they are healthy enough to support the implant. In some cases, a bone graft may be required.
Once a dental implant is in place, it will start fusing with the bone as the tissue around the post heals. This process is called osseointegration and is essential to the overall success of the procedure. Next, the dentist will attach a restoration to the implant to complete the process.
At Gardens Dental Spa, we use dental implants to replace a single tooth or several missing teeth, depending on the patient’s specific needs. We recommend dental implants as a stable and permanent solution for tooth loss that can improve your oral health and smile.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
Dental implants are an excellent option for anyone with missing teeth, but they are not the best solution for everyone. For the implant procedure to succeed, patients must have healthy gums and enough bone structure in their jaw to support the implant. If a patient does not have healthy surrounding gum tissue or sufficient jawbone density, bone grafting may be recommended before proceeding with the implant.
After the patient has undergone the procedure, they must also commit to caring for their implants properly. This includes sticking to a strict oral hygiene routine and avoiding eating hard foods that may damage the implants. It is also critical to avoid smoking or using tobacco products, which can drastically increase the risk of gum recession and bone deterioration around the implant. All of these things can negatively impact the success of your dental implant.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants replace the roots of missing teeth, providing a stable base for fixed or removable replacement teeth that look and function like natural teeth. These restorations allow you to eat your favorite foods, speak, and laugh just like you did before, without worrying about having them slip out of place or other complications.
Furthermore, dental implants help prevent bone atrophy in the jaw that may occur when teeth are missing and help preserve your natural facial contours. This not only enables you to maintain an attractive smile but also helps maintain your youthful good looks!
Lastly, dental implants offer a permanent solution to tooth loss, eliminating the inconvenience of regularly replacing your restoration. With proper care, implants have a very high success rate and can last many years or even a lifetime.
To learn more about the benefits of dental implants, call Gardens Dental Spa at (561) 799-7791 or visit us at 11380 Prosperity Farms Rd #108, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410.