what is a dental implant?
Dental implants are a durable, convenient and long-term solution that act as natural teeth and with proper care can last a lifetime. Typically the implant comes in limited shapes, but Start Smiling customizes implant sizing to your specific requirements, and forms the teeth with high-end quality porcelain or zirconia. The implant is positioned into the jawbone behind the visible gumline in order to allow a replacement tooth or a bridge to be mounted in that area. Over the next 3 to 6 months, the jawbone heals and the implant secures in place as the bone fuses around the implant.
An abutment (connector post) is then attached to the dental implant to hold the crown (replacement tooth). For multiple teeth replacement, abutments may be used for a bridge or denture.
An impression of your mouth is made to create a model of your teeth. It is used to create your new crown, bridge or implant supported denture. The crown, bridge or denture is then attached to the abutment(s). By filling in missing teeth, the bridge and denture prevent health problems that would occur if left empty. Problems such as, a deteriorating jawbone, and the inability to properly chew and digest your food, which can lead to more significant health problems. Dental implants preserve and increase bone growth as well.
Anita, Green Bay, WI
Dental Implant Patient
Signs You May Need Dental Implants:
- Are you ashamed to smile because you’re missing a tooth?
- Are you experiencing a tooth that causes you pain?
- Do you have bad breath?
- Is your face structure collapsing?