What is a Dental Implant?
The best way to describe a dental implant is to compare it to a real tooth. A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. The part of the tooth that you see and eat with is called the crown. Beneath the crown is the root, which anchors the tooth through the gum tissue to the jawbone.
When you lose a tooth, you lose both the root and the crown. To replace a tooth, we first have to replace the root. Essentially, a dental implant is a new root.
This titanium root is fitted into a previous tooth socket therefore replacing the lost root of your natural tooth.
Dental implants come in various shapes and sizes and have different types of surfaces. The actual implant selection will depend on a variety of factors related to your specific treatment needs and the most appropriate one(s) will be used.
At Salgra Dental Group
Once an implant has been placed in the jaw, the bone around the implant will need to heal for two to six months, depending upon how hard the bone is. When this initial phase of healing is completed, a support post called an abutment will be placed into the implant itself and then a new crown will be placed on top.
If all of your teeth are missing, a variety of treatment options are available to support the replacement teeth. If you have an existing complete denture there are ways to retro fit your existing dentures to the jaw using an implant bar.
What can I expect ?
As you know, your own teeth require conscientious at-home oral care and regular dental visits. Dental implants are like your own teeth and will require the same care. In order to keep your implant clean and plaque-free, brushing and flossing still apply!
After treatment, Dr. Salas
at Salgra Dental Group
in Pembroke Pines will work with you to develop the best care plan for you.
Periodic follow-up visits will be scheduled to monitor your implant, teeth and gums to make sure they are healthy.