What are dental implants?
If you have ever lost a tooth or teeth due to an accident, general aging, or improper oral hygiene, you may experience decreased confidence in your smile, along with shifting of teeth, difficulty chewing, jaw pain, and other dental concerns. A dental implant or tooth implant can be used as a permanent tooth replacement option to help fill in the space of the missing tooth, helping to restore your smile and prevent further dental complications. The most common implant is an endosteal implant.
A dental implant is made of three parts: the base, the connector, and the crown. The base is a small titanium rod that will be gently rooted into the gum to provide support for the installment of the new tooth or teeth. The connector, also known as an abutment, is a titanium cap-like screw, which is screwed to the tip of the base. And the crown is the tooth part of the implant, which is attached to the connector. Together, these three components can help provide you with a restored smile that is natural in the way it looks and functions.
Why are dental implants used?
Dental implants are used in restorative dentistry to replace a missing tooth or teeth. Dental implants not only help restore and improve the appearance of your smile, but they also help improve the health of your smile, as dental implants help prevent shifting of teeth and bone loss that often occurs with tooth loss. In general, your dentist can install dental implants as long as you have healthy gums and healthy bone to support the dental implant. You may qualify for dental implants if you are suffering from tooth loss due to:
- Congenital abnormalities
- Direct injury to the mouth
- Oral infection
- Tooth decay
What does the dental implant procedure involve?
The dental implant is made of three parts: the base, the connector, and the crown.
Dental implants involve installing a tooth replacement system in place of a tooth or teeth that are missing. Installation of the implant will usually take place in two or more dental visits. During the first visit, your dentist will gently install the base of the implant into the empty socket of the absent/missing tooth. This base is a tiny titanium rod, which will act as a replacement root. Once the base is installed, about six to 12 weeks of healing time will be needed. During this time the jawbone will naturally fuse around the implant, helping to firmly secure the implant to the jaw.
Once the jawbone has safely fused around the titanium base, you will return to the dental office for your dentist to attach a “connector” to the base. The connector is what your replacement tooth will be attached to. For some patients, the connector will be placed during the same appointment as installation of the base. For others, a separate appointment will be needed. After the base and connector have been implanted into the gum, and after the gum and surrounding areas have healed, your dentist will take dental impressions of your mouth, which will be used to make your replacement tooth or teeth, also known as the crown.
Once your replacement tooth or teeth are ready, you will return to the office for your dentist to securely attach the crown to the connector and rod. Following the procedure, most patients will be able to return to their normal daily routines. Post-procedure, the dental implants will require the same oral care and maintenance as your natural teeth would. Follow-up appointments may also be scheduled so that your dentist can check for any signs of concern.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
If you have a missing tooth or teeth, dental implants are an effective tooth restoration solution to help you regain your smile. Benefits of dental implants may include:
- Enhanced appearance of smile
- Improved confidence
- A healthier bite
- Preservation of relating oral structures
- Similar look-and-feel of your natural teeth
- Customizable to your dental needs
- Permanent, long-lasting results
If you are interested in dental implants, a consultation with one of our dental experts may be the first step toward a brighter, happier, healthier smile. At Cedar Mountain Dental, our staff utilizes the latest state-of-the-art technology to prevent, diagnose, and treat dental conditions. With over 30 years of dental expertise, our knowledgeable and caring dental staff is committed to delivering high-quality patient care and creating meaningful patient relationships that last. To schedule your dental implant consultation call (860) 667-2600 or fill out the form on this page to schedule an appointment.