Dental implants from our Miamisburg, OH dentists, Dr. Gerald Brown and Dr. Robert Wolcott, completely replace missing teeth. From root to crown, these artificial teeth look, feel and act just like natural ones. If you're in good overall health, you most likely can receive one, two or more implants to fill your smile gaps as needed. The friendly and professional staff at Miamisburg Family Dental will provide details on the benefits of these amazing prosthetics and on how treatment proceeds. It's easier than you may think!
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a completely artificial tooth from root to crown. Typically, an implant has three distinct parts:
- A titanium screw or cylinder placed into the jaw during a simple oral surgery
- A metal extension post
- A customized porcelain crown
Dr. Brown or Dr. Wolcott inserts the implant screw and then allows an extended period of healing before affixing the post and crown at a later date. Healing takes several weeks because the jaw bone gradually wraps itself around the implant, creating an exceptionally stable and strong foundation for the rest of the prosthetic. This bonding process is called osseointegration, and you'll find it in no other tooth replacement option--only the dental implant.
Benefits of dental implants
There are many, in fact. Besides the strength and durability provided by osseointegration, a dental implant actually helps the jaw bone and gum tissue retain their health, density and size. Unfortunately, when a tooth is lost to gum disease, decay, abscess or injury, the underlying hard and soft tissues recede because they are not exercised through biting and chewing.
However, a dental implant exerts pressure on the gums and bone just as a real tooth does. So normal facial integrity is maintained, and teeth adjoining the implant acquire extra support to stay strong and well-aligned.
With good oral hygiene at home and at Miamisburg Family Dental, an implant should have a lifespan of 40 to 50 years, depending on the age of the patient. Conventional bridgework or partial dentures last only about a decade, says the American Dental Association, and they require some enamel reduction on neighboring teeth to stay in place with clasps or crowns.
Finally, dental implants are versatile. When inserted in multiples, they can support bridges and even full dentures, giving the patient excellent oral function and appearance.
Find out more
Please contact Miamisburg Family Dental today to learn all about wonderful dental implants. Bring your questions and Dr. Brown or Dr. Wolcott will answer them fully at your personal consultation in Miamisburg, OH. Call (937) 866-5501.