Find out more about how dental implants work to replace your missing teeth.
If you are looking at your tooth replacement options, you may find that dental implants are rather appealing. After all, they are the only tooth replacement that is durable and resilient enough to last the rest of your life. But what makes them so durable and how can they last so long? Our Ellicott City, MD dentist, Dr. Chetna Desai, has the answers.
There is a reason dental implants have been known to last more than 30 years. This longevity lies in the fact that the implant itself is made from titanium, an extremely durable and biocompatible metal that the body accepts and that provides the strongest foundation from which to hold a replacement tooth.
Once our Ellicott City general dentists surgically place the implant into the jawbone, we will give your mouth time to heal. Over the course of a couple months, the bone and tissue will start to heal and fuse together with the titanium implant to become one. Once the bone and implant have completely fused together the implant has now become a permanent structure.
The next step is to place an abutment on top of the implant. This will require minor surgery to open up the gums to reveal the implant. An abutment is much like a prepared tooth prior to getting a crown. It is used to connect the implant with the replacement tooth or teeth. An abutment can be made from durable metal or more attractive ceramic to look more like a tooth (despite the fact that no one will see it).
After the gums have been given a few more weeks to heal, a dental crown, bridge or full set of dentures are placed over the implant(s). If you need to replace just one tooth a dental crown will do the trick. A dental crown can be made from a variety of different materials, but in order to get a tooth that looks and feels natural we will most likely opt for a porcelain tooth that is made to match the rest of your smile.
If you are ready to turn to dental implants to get your smile back, it’s time you called Desai Dental Care in Ellicott City, MD to find out whether your smile is right for implants. We are happy to work with you to help you achieve the perfect smile.