How Does A Dental Implant Act As A Root?

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A dental implant lasts longer than traditional bridges or removable dentures, and this is due to the fact that the implant post acts as a new root. But what makes this possible, and how do you place and maintain a new tooth? In today’s blog, your Livonia, MI, dentist will explain how dental implants act like a new tooth root.

The Dental Implant Post

First, let’s talk about the post. This is the part that we insert into your jaw via oral surgery, and acts as the new root portion. The post is small and similar in appearance to a screw. They will be crafted from titanium, a material that is biocompatible and bonds with your jaw. Once we insert it into your smile, osseointegration occurs over a period of three to six months, in which the bond is established. This means the post is firmly in place and could potentially last for decades to come, or even a lifetime with proper care and attention. Once the implant portion is secure, we can move forward with completing your new tooth.

Placement and Restoration

For an individual one, we attach an abutment. A crown is then affixed to the abutment, and acts as the visible portion of your new tooth. The crown is created from durable materials that we color-match to blend with the rest of your smile. We could also attach a bridge or denture to multiple dental implant posts.

Keeping Them Strong

To ensure they last, you need to care for them as you would a natural tooth. Dental infection or periodontal disease could cause them to fail, just as these complications could lead to the loss of one or more natural teeth. Some actions like daily brushing and flossing, a healthier diet, and a visit every six months for a checkup and cleaning could help keep your new teeth and natural ones strong, preventing or managing oral health concerns that could otherwise cause tooth loss and unsightly gaps in your smile. If you have any questions about our approach to securing a long-lasting and lifelike replacement tooth, or if you worry about the onset of tooth loss, then contact our team today. We want to help you maintain a full and functional smile, on you can’t wait to show off to the world!

Ready to Address Your Missing Teeth?

Our team wants to secure a full and functional smile that looks amazing by offering implant technology, securing a replacement that could last for a lifetime in some cases. To learn more about our tooth loss treatment options for minor or severe cases of missing teeth, then call James Stewart, DDS, dental implant office in Livonia, MI, at (734) 425-4400. We also serve the residents of Farmington, Plymouth, Dearborn Heights, and all surrounding communities.