A Patient's Guide to Dental Implants at Sweet Water Dentistry in Fairhope, AL
Dental implants have been used for the last quarter of a century to replace missing teeth and improve the smile of patients just like you. This guide will help you understand the history of dental implants and how they can replace missing teeth and improve the look of your smile.
Dental implants are founded on the principles of improving the smile of patients one mouth at a time. Dental implants require expertise and art. The dentist must carefully plan how the tooth or teeth will be restored through restoration. The following information will help you make an informed decision if your dentist recommends dental implants to improve or restore your smile.
What Are Dental Implants?
In order to understand how dental implants work, you must understand what a dental implant is. A dental implant replaces the roots of a tooth. The implants are secured to the jawbone surgically. Once dental implants are in place, crowns, bridgework and dentures can be secured to the dental implants. Dental implants are manufactured using titanium, a strong, lightweight metal that is biocompatible. This means that the dental implants will not be rejected by the body. Titanium is the metal used for other bone implants such as replacement hips and knees. Dental implants have an extremely high success rate. Most people have absolutely no problems with this dental procedure.
Titanium is able to fuse seamlessly to the jaw bone. This fusing is referred to as osseointegration. This is an essential part of the dental procedure because when a tooth is lost due to extraction or decay, the bone that supports the tooth is lost. Dental implants stabilize the bone and help prevent bone loss. Implants can be used to help maintain the shape and density of the jawbone. When the jawbone is strengthened, the soft tissues of the mouth, including cheeks, lips and gum tissues are better supported. These implants can help improve your smile, and allow you to talk, eat and look natural, resulting in an improvement of your psychological, physical and social well-being.
If you would like to learn more about dental implants and how they can improve your life, contact Dr. Phillip Greer, your Fairhope, AL dentist to schedule an appointment today!