Dental Implants: How Do They Work?

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Dental implants are a tooth replacement option that can safely and comfortably replace a broken, decayed, or missing tooth. These implants look and feel like a normal tooth, even though they are made of different materials like titanium and porcelain, which are mouth-friendly and durable. But, how exactly do they work, and are they really the best option?

The first part of the dental implant procedure includes surgically implanting a titanium post into the jawbone. This titanium post will eventually act as a root for a false tooth, but first, it has to integrate with your jaw. The titanium implant heals and goes through a process called osseointegration, which means to “combine with bone.” This process actually makes the implant stronger as the jaw bone grows around and fully integrates with the titanium. The process of osseointegration can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, depending on the patient, the tooth, and other factors.

Once the titanium post is fully integrated into the mouth, the dentist can move to the next step, which includes affixing the tooth replacement to the post. For a single-tooth implant, the tooth will likely be a crown, specially molded, colored, and sized to match your other teeth. If more than one tooth is being replaced, there are other possibilities for replacement teeth, such as dentures.

With dental implants, a missing tooth can go from a source of embarrassment to a seamless and comfortable replacement. But, dental implants may not be for everyone. Certain patients may have a harder time adapting to a dental implant due to its position embedded in the jaw and gums. For more information about dental implants, call Potomac Dental Centre at 240-329-2398 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Everett Eklund. We are located in Hagerstown, Maryland.