How Dental Implants Work
You may have heard of dental implants or know someone who has them, and you're wondering if they're suitable for you. Understanding how dental implants work is a crucial part of your decision-making process. The science behind it is quite fascinating and comes with many additional benefits. If you want to learn more about the process and how they work, read on!
Traditionally artificial teeth are placed over the gums and held in place by various methods. Over the past couple of decades, medical professionals have found that we can replace the entire tooth, including the root. Replacing the root is important because it prevents bone loss, provides a sturdy base, and mimics a natural tooth's function. Contrary to popular belief, our bone tissues continually grow, even long into adulthood. Think of it, when you break a bone, it grows back together when properly reset. The same thing can happen to the tooth's root. After placing the implant in the hole where the tooth was, the surrounding bone begins to fuse to the titanium. After this process, called osseointegration, the dental implant is as stable as a natural tooth.
Patients who have good overall health and dental hygiene make great candidates for dental implants. We'll go over your medical and dental history to ensure there's nothing that could interfere with the process. In some cases, patients may need medical procedures such as bone grafting beforehand to make sure the jawbone is sturdy enough to support the implant.
While implant surgery is quite fast, the healing time between each procedure lasts several months. You can expect the dental implant process to take around 6-8 months, depending on the individual. Typically, the surgery is painless as the patient is on anesthesia the entire time. After surgery, the patient needs to rest and take care of themselves so their body can heal properly. Once the jawbone is completely healed, we can get you fitted for your artificial tooth!
Understanding how dental implants work is an essential first step towards improving your oral health! If you have one or more missing teeth and want to learn about all of your options, feel free to give us a call! Our team is more than happy to assist you and answer any questions. You can reach us at (707) 741-6090 or click here to contact us on our website.
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