Dental implants are a popular and effective solution for replacing missing teeth. Dental implants are typically made of biocompatible materials such as titanium. After placing them in the jawbone, osseointegration occurs, where the bone fuses with the implant surface. This provides a strong and durable anchor for the replacement tooth or teeth. At Burba Dental Partners, we place dental implants to replace single or multiple missing teeth. For a single missing tooth, an implant is placed in the jawbone, and a custom-made dental crown is attached to the implant, mimicking the appearance and function of a natural tooth.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Improved Aesthetics and Function
Dental implants offer a natural-looking and functional solution for missing teeth. The crowns or bridges attached to the implants are customized to match the surrounding teeth's color, size, and shape, creating a seamless and attractive smile. Dental implants provide stability and functionality, allowing for normal chewing, speaking, and oral hygiene maintenance.
Preservation of Jawbone and Facial Structure
The underlying jawbone may deteriorate over time when a tooth is lost. Dental implants help preserve the jawbone's integrity by stimulating the bone to prevent bone loss. This can avoid changes in facial structure, such as sagging of the cheeks or a sunken appearance, which can occur when the jawbone deteriorates.
The Dental Implant Process
The implant placement procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia. After the administration of anesthesia, the dentist or oral surgeon will make an incision in the gum tissue to expose the jawbone. Then, a small hole is drilled into the bone and the implant, a titanium post, is carefully inserted. The gum tissue is sutured back in place, covering the implant.
After implant placement, osseointegration occurs, where the surrounding bone fuses with the implant over several months. During this healing period, it is essential to maintain good oral hygiene and follow any instructions the dental professional provides. You may be advised to eat soft foods, avoid strenuous physical activities, and take prescribed medications, such as antibiotics or pain relievers.
Once the implant fully integrates with the jawbone, a second minor surgical procedure may be performed to place an abutment. The abutment is a connector piece that attaches to the implant and protrudes above the gum line. It serves as the foundation for the final dental restoration. After the abutment is in place and the gums have healed, a dental crown, bridge, or denture that is custom-made to fit onto the abutment is attached to provide a natural-looking and functional replacement for the missing tooth or teeth. The restoration is designed to match the color, shape, and size of your natural teeth, providing an aesthetically pleasing result.
Dental implants offer a reliable, long-lasting, and aesthetically pleasing solution for replacing missing teeth. They restore oral function and enhance the quality of life for individuals with missing teeth. To learn more about dental implants, visit Burba Dental Partners at 129 Highland Ave, Salem, MA, Salem, MA 01970, or call (978) 703-0133.