What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are often misunderstood by patients. Patients generally think that they are a replacement tooth, rather they are a replacement foundation for a tooth or other dental appliance to be attached. When a patient loses a natural tooth, the foundation of the tooth is also lost, the only way to truly restore the structure is to work from the bottom or base and work up. The first step to restoring teeth with dental implants is to schedule a consultation, our staff at Joshua Austin, DDS FAGD FACD will evaluate the area, review your information and then create a treatment plan that is specific to your needs. Dental implants come with a wide variety of options, including how they are placed, what is placed, and how they can help.
A dental implant is a titanium metal threaded post. Once inserted, this post will bond with the bone, creating a firm base to serve as a middleman between the jawbone and tooth. The bonding comes not from the post, but from your bone. Our bone is constantly under construction, rebuilding and replenishing when it notes a need by being used or exercised. We will surgically insert the post into the bone; the bone will then grow around the threaded metal fusing the two firmly together. Depending on the work being done we may need to perform a bone graft before surgery.
Additionally, some patients will have their device placed immediately for use, and some patients will need to wait several months before they can have their device placed. Each procedure is customized to fit the patient, implants come in a variety of widths and lengths, and each procedure will require varying numbers of implants to be placed. The best way to determine your procedure is following an examination.
What can be done with dental implants?
A dental implant is a device used to rebuild the base following the loss of a tooth. Once secured, we can do some things with a dental implant to improve your oral health. We can secure a single dental crown to an implant; we can use an implant as an anchor for one side of a dental bridge or partial denture, we can even use an implant to help secure a full denture.