Facts About Dental Implants From Riverwalk Dental Group
Dental implants have become extremely popular during the past decade as more people look for alternatives to dentures and bridges. Implants secure into your jawbone so they look, feel and “work” more like your own natural teeth. Plus, newer materials and designs mean they can last as long as a natural tooth, providing you with years of trouble-free use (not to mention greater self-confidence). As your leading dentist in Jupiter and Boynton Beach, at Riverwalk Dental Group, we offer state-of-the-art dental implants for patients missing one or several teeth. If you’ve been considering dental implants, here’s what you need to know.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants are metal posts that are literally implanted into your jawbone. Once in place, the posts fuse with your bone tissue over time, a process called osseointegration. Fusion usually takes several weeks - sometimes as long as three months - to make sure the implant is securely attached. Then an artificial tooth or crown is expertly crafted, shaped and tinted to match your own teeth. The crown is attached to the post using an abutment, which extends from the post into the center of the crown.
What Are The Advantages Of Dental Implants?
Compared to crowns and bridges, dental implants offer several advantages:
- Implants are securely attached to your bone, so they won't slip and cause sore spots or embarrassment.
- You can care for your implants like you care for your other teeth, with brushing, flossing and regular trips to the dentist.
- Today's implants can last longer than a bridge or denture.
- The post acts like a natural tooth root to promote natural bone tissue replacement, which is important for preventing future tooth loss. Bridges and dentures rest on top of your gums, so they can't promote bone tissue replacement, which means your jawbone can become too thin to support your other teeth. Plus, bridges can cause additional wear and weakness in the teeth that support them.
How Is An Implant Placed?
Dental implant placement usually takes three visits:
- Visit 1: The implant post is implanted into your jawbone. It’s left alone to fuse with the bone for several weeks.
- Visit 2: The dentist attaches the abutment piece to the post and takes an impression that serves as a mold or model for your crown. The impression is sent to the lab where the crown will be made.
- Visit 3: The crown is attached to the abutment and shaped and buffed so it looks great and feels comfortable.
Can My Jawbone Support a Dental Implant?
If you have a thin jawbone, the dentist can perform a bone graft to better support the implant. In this procedure, a small amount of bone tissue is implanted along with the post. The bone tissue fuses with the rest of your bone to augment your existing bone and provide better support for the implant. Sometimes, the graft is performed in a separate procedure prior to post placement.
Who Can Perform A Dental Implant Procedure?
A dentist needs to have special training to place implants. This training ensures the implants are properly placed so they’re secure enough to support the crown through the rigors of daily use, and it also helps prevent problems from developing later. You should only have an implant placed by a dentist with experience and training in the implant process.
Learn More from Our Dentist in Jupiter and Boynton Beach, FL
Riverwalk Dental Group is a top-rated provider of dental implants for patients in Jupiter and Boynton Beach, FL, offering the skills and experience necessary for proper implantation, greater patient satisfaction, and superior results. To learn more about dental implants and find out if they're right for you, call the Jupiter office at 561-744-3646 or the Boynton Beach office at 561-364-8700 and schedule an appointment today.