What makes dental implants so unique compared to other types of tooth replacement options? It’s all about the design! Instead of requiring healthy teeth to be adjusted or reshaped in order to support a permanent prosthesis, implants recreate the structure of the tooth entirely.
Implants have artificial titanium roots that are placed directly into the bone. Not only that, but the titanium also has ribbed surfaces that are coated with crystals which actually encourage new bone formation around the artificial root. This bone formation is called “osseointegration” and allows the final prosthesis to be even stronger than that of a real tooth.
Over the implant is an abutment. Abutments fit into the top of the implant root and are used to support the permanent restoration, whatever that may be. They are not attached to the implant itself until after osseointegration has taken place, which may take a few months.
Crowns, bridges or dentures can all be anchored over the implant abutment, the same way they are permanently bonded onto prepped teeth. Your implant can support individual crowns, have two implants that support a bridge, or up to 4 or more implants to support a full mouth denture. Just like traditional crowns and bridges, your restoration is custom made to fit your mouth perfectly in shape, size and color.
Some people think implants look scary or painful to have installed, but they actually aren’t! In fact, dental implant therapy offers the highest success rate of any dental procedure and is considered to be the standard of care for tooth replacement. Ask your dentist if implants are an option for you!
Posted on behalf of:
Georgia Denture and Implant Specialists
203 Woodpark Pl #102
Woodstock, GA 30188
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