In the past, a missing tooth was gone forever and could only be replaced with dentures. Thankfully, this is no longer the case. Dental implants are a revolutionary way to permanently replace your missing teeth. Implants fit, feel and function just like natural teeth. With help from your Columbus, GA dentist, you can fill in your gaps with dental implants.
Parts of a Dental Implant
It is important to understand the physical makeup of a dental implant before you can fully understand how they work.
- Implant fixture: The fixture is a post which is implanted into the bone below a missing tooth. The fixture sits below the gumline and integrates into the bone over time. This takes the place of your tooth’s root, providing a solid foundation for your new tooth.
- Implant abutment: The abutment sits above the gumline and attaches the fixture to the crown.
- Dental crown: The crown replaces your missing tooth. It is custom-made in a dental laboratory to match the surrounding teeth, allowing for the most natural appearance possible.
How do dental implants work?
Dental implants replace a missing tooth’s root. A consultation with your dentist will help map out a treatment plan. X-rays and examinations help your dentist understand exactly what is going on inside your teeth and bone. A date for your surgery is set, and the two-step process begins. First, your dentist surgically implants the fixture into the jawbone. Over the course of several months, the surgery site heals and the fixture fuses with the bone. When your mouth is healed, the abutment and crown are attached to the fixture, and your tooth is permanently replaced. It is important to schedule regular dental examinations so the implants can be monitored and adjusted if necessary.
Are implants right for me?
When teeth are missing, the bone underneath them begins to degrade. Good candidates for dental implants must have enough bone for the implant to integrate into. They should also be in good general health, as the procedure requires general anesthesia and recovery time. Additionally, it is necessary you are committed to a great dental hygiene routine. This will keep your dental implants healthy so they last a lifetime.
For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Tyler Myers, DMD at North Park Family Dentistry in Columbus, GA. Call (706) 507-0606 to schedule your consultation for dental implants today.