All You Ever Wanted To Know About Implants: Installment #1

The idea of getting a dental implant can be scary. Although they are the only dental treatment that simulates a real tooth–the whole tooth, the crown and the root–it is precisely because of this that implants can seem threatening. Because the implant replaces the root of your tooth, it is as strong, stable, and long-lasting as your natural root. However, implant placement is a surgical procedure. In today’s blog, we are going to begin answering all you ever wanted to know about implants.

Questions About Implants

What Does A Dental Implant Consist Of?

A dental implant resembles a screw but is actually a small titanium post that is “implanted” into your jawbone to replace the root of your missing tooth.  Because your jawbone fuses (becomes one with) the titanium post, the implant provides the same stability and longevity as your natural root. Once this healing takes place, your dentist will bond a replacement tooth to the post.

Why An Implant Rather Than A Bridge?

Even one missing tooth can lead to other dental issues, and while a dental bridge can solve some of those issues, it cannot solve the most important one: jawbone atrophy. When you chew, the root of your tooth stimulates the flow of blood and nutrients to that particular tooth and area of your jaw. This flow of blood and nutrients is what keeps your jawbone strong and healthy so it can support your teeth. Without it that part of your jaw will begin to atrophy, or die. Once that happens you can begin to lose nearby teeth as well.  Therefore, an implant does more than simply restore your smile, your ability to chew, and your self-confidence, it maintains the health of your underlying jawbone.