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How Do Dental Implants Work?

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Dental Implants are the next best thing to a natural tooth.   When a natural tooth is pulled, there is a need to replace that tooth.  Some reasons why the natural tooth needs a replacement is so that the teeth don’t shift out of alignment, so the patient doesn’t have a toothless smile, and so the patient will have a replacement tooth for biting and chewing.

That’s why a Dental Implant is a great alternative for replacing a missing tooth.

Parts of Your Dental Implant

A Dental implant is composed of a titanium post, an abutment, and a crown.  First, the titanium post is placed surgically into the jawbone.  Once a few weeks have passed, the post should fuse with the jawbone to make it sturdy and secure in the bone to be able to hold the implant in place.

Once the implant post is secure in the bone, a connecting piece called an abutment, is placed on top of the implant to connect the implant to the replacement tooth.

After the replacement tooth (called a crown) is connected with the abutment, the patient will have the looks and function of a natural tooth in place of the tooth that was pulled.

Maintaining Your Implant

It is important to care for your dental implant like you should care for your natural teeth.  Though you can’t get cavities on an implant, you can still get gum disease around the implant from the bacteria in your mouth.

Daily brushing and flossing is necessary for taking care of your dental implant.  Equally important are regular professional dental cleanings by your dental hygienist and regular checkups with your dentist to help ensure the proper care and maintenance of your new tooth.

Posted on behalf of:
Georgia Denture and Implant Specialists
203 Woodpark Pl #102
Woodstock, GA 30188

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