More and more, people are opting for dental implants to provide a stable and healthy situation for themselves. Where people used to go through rounds or crowns, bridges, and dentures, more commonly people are choosing dental implant surgery. What are these dental implants, and what do they require?

What Are Dental Implants?

The implants refer to the tooth roots. These are artificial roots that attach to your jaw. It is, essentially, a screw which we permanently attach. These screws then make a sturdy and lasting base for replacement teeth. Since they feel like natural teeth and fit just how natural teeth would, they are often preferable to dentures. For anyone with chronic dental problems or missing teeth, these implants provide an anchor. This new anchor does not slip as dentures might, and it does not create any issues or discomfort with eating.

Dental Implant Options

There is a range of options. You can replace a single tooth, or a whole set of upper or lower teeth. If your whole arch needs help, having four implants may be your best option. In that case, we give you four implants and a new arch of teeth.

These are the parts of the new teeth:

Crown. This is the part of the tooth that is visible. This prosthetic tooth is usually porcelain or zirconium, and it is durable and sturdy.

Abutment. This connector holds the tooth, or the set of teeth. We attach the abutment permanently, and we intend it to remain, but we can also remove it if you ever need that.

Implant. This is the screw we attach to your jaw. As time goes on, the implant fuses to the bone cells in your jaw. This naturally strengthens the implant, and makes it a rock-solid addition to your jaw – a remarkable fusion of medical-grade titanium and your own natural bone growth.

To schedule an appointment at Wilmington Oral Surgery, or to talk about options you have for your oral health, please call us at (937) 382-8020. Thank you!

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