Whether you have lost one tooth or multiple teeth, you are likely looking for a solution that will make your smile great again. Dental implants are the best option when you want to recreate your healthy, natural smile. However, not everyone understands all the details about dental implants. At Levens Family Dentistry, we want you to understand the whole process. In today’s blog, the team at Levens Family Dentistry takes a look at what dental implants are and how they can help make your smile healthy and beautiful again.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that replace the natural tooth root. While these implants are the best option for patients looking for tooth replacements that look natural, they shouldn’t be confused with artificial teeth. Replacing teeth in a way that doesn’t include dentures or veneers requires two vital parts. First, you need the artificial root, which comes in the form of a dental implant. After that, you need the artificial tooth, which is called a crown.
How Do Implants Work?
Dental implants are screws that are surgically placed through the gums and into your jawbone. Your oral surgeon will surgically create an opening in your jawbone for the implant. Once the implant is in place, it will begin to bond with the natural bone of your jaw, becoming a sturdy root for the new crown. Next, a connector is placed on top of the screw, and that connector, known as an abutment, will hold the crown in place.
How Are Implants Beneficial?
The biggest benefit of dental implants is that they are the most permanent solution for replacing a tooth or multiple teeth. Dentures must be taken out each night, and veneers must also be removed regularly, but an implant is a permanent fixture in your mouth. In fact, once the implant has bonded with the jaw, it is arguably more structurally stable than your natural roots. Dental implants are a long-term solution to missing teeth that don’t require the type of maintenance and upkeep that other, less permanent options require.
There are other benefits as well, including an improved smile. The crowns are custom made for your smile, making them a better option than temporary solutions.
Contact Levens Family Dentistry for More Information
If you are looking for a tooth replacement, Levens Family Dentistry can help with dental implants. For more information on what we have to offer, get in touch with us at (719) 574-1705 or contact us online today.