What are Dental Implants?
Are you living in Brownsville, TX, and dealing with tooth loss? If so, you may be wondering what your options are for replacing your missing tooth or teeth. Maybe you are feeling a bit daunted by all the information on the internet and you’ve come to Westlake Family Dentistry to provide you with the reliable dental information you need.
Our dental team has worked with countless patients in Brownsville who have lost permanent teeth due to infection, decay or trauma, and we can also help you. So many people have turned to dental implants to replace their missing teeth and it could just end up the treatment you’ve been looking for. Let us tell you more about implants and how they work.
The purpose of an implant is to replace your missing tooth’s roots. Before the development of dental implants, dentures were the only alternative to replacing a missing tooth or teeth.
Implants are synthetic structures that are placed in the area of the tooth normally occupied by the root. Implants are anchored to the jawbone or metal framework on the bone and act as a foundation for an artificial tooth or permanent bridge. In some cases, implants can be used to attach dentures.
Not everyone is a candidate for a dental implant, however. For a successful implant to take hold, a candidate must have proper bone density and have a strong immune system. In all cases, dental implants require strict oral hygiene.
Implants are so well designed that they mimic the look and feel of natural teeth. Implants are usually made of a synthetic yet biocompatible material like metal or ceramic.
Surgery is necessary to prepare the area for an implant and place the implant in the mouth. Patients are administered anesthesia and, if necessary, antibiotics to stave off infection following the procedure.
It will take several months after your surgery for everything to heal. During this recovery period, something pretty incredible will happen. The bone and tissue surrounding the implant will fuse with the titanium structure to become one. Once this has occurred it’s now time to begin the next phase in your implant treatment.
Depending on the type of implant you get, the implant may also contain an abutment or the abutment may need to be placed. An abutment serves one purpose: to connect the implant with the artificial tooth. If the abutment isn’t part of the implant, our dentist will need to perform another minor surgery to attach the abutment to the implant. After giving your gums several weeks to heal, we will then secure your custom-made dental crown over the abutment to complete your restoration.
Like any restoration, implants require diligent oral hygiene and proper care to ensure they last a long time.
Are you interested in restoring your smile?
Westlake Family Dentistry offers Dental Implants in Brownsville, TX
Call our office at (956) 312-0284 to learn more today!