Dental Implants: Great-looking and Long-lasting
Dental Implants are a wonderful choice to replace a missing tooth.
The Implant itself works with your body’s natural healing process to create a strong anchor that holds your new tooth in place.
A dental implant is made up of three parts:
- The Implant – a titanium screw that is placed in the jaw bone to anchor the tooth
- The Abutment – placed into the implant and sits above the gum to hold the new tooth, or crown
- The Crown – the new tooth that goes over the abutment
Your body’s ability to heal is what makes the dental implant so extraordinary and long-lasting. When the implant is placed in the jaw, bone grows around the implant, anchoring it in place. This process is called osseointegration.
A Short History of Dental Implants
Osseointegration was a surprise discovery, made in the 1950s, by a Swedish orthopedic surgeon who was studying bone healing and regeneration for his patients. His discovery was made when he tried to remove the titanium during his first experiment.
The advantage of bone regeneration in the jaw is that it prevents the bone loss that accompanies a missing tooth. When teeth are lost, bone in the jaw is lost. This bone loss leads to the ‘sunken’ look seen in people with missing teeth.
Dental Implants stimulate bone growth and helps to keep the facial contour that can slacken with bone loss.
The Dental Implant Process
Anyone in reasonably good health is a good candidate for Dental Implants. It takes a few office visits, and time for healing, to complete the dental implant process:
- The assessment, which includes x-rays, to make sure that the implant will be placed properly.
- The implant is placed in the jaw. A temporary crown can be placed, so that you don’t leave the office without a tooth.
- After the implant is in place, healing begins. It takes several weeks for osseointegration to take place and for the gums to heal.
- When the gums have healed, another assessment is done, and the permanent crown is put into place.
Once the process is complete, dental implants are cared for in just the same way that you take care of your natural teeth. Dental Implants can last a lifetime.
All-on-4 Dental Implants
Missing teeth can impede chewing, speech and self-esteem. Dental Implants are also used to act as anchors to secure permanent dentures and bridges.
Most dentists use four dental implants to secure the upper or lower denture. When possible, we strive to place 5 or 6 implants, instead of 4, for extra strength, at no extra charge.
Dental Implants: Skill and Artistry
Placing Dental Implants requires technical skill and artistry, so that no one but you can tell that you have a dental implant in place. Dr. Holz has the experience, and the esthetic ability, to create beautiful, long- lasting dental implants.
More and more insurance companies are willing to cover the cost, or partial cost, of dental implants. Many are willing to put the coverage for dentures toward dental implants. Contact us for more information about dental implants and to make an appointment for an initial assessment.