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How Do Dental Implants Work?

April 5, 2022
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Dental implants are one of the most noteworthy advances in dentistry in the past century. What makes them so important? To begin with, dental implants are the only solution for replacing missing teeth that can restore the root. We'll go over the basics of dental implants in the blog post below and answer the question, "How do dental implants work?"

What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

While high-quality traditional dentures and bridges can look realistic, they don’t replicate a natural tooth the same way that an implant-based restoration does. This is because dental implants replace the roots of missing teeth, rather than just the visible portion above the gumline. Dental implants have a stable base of support in your jaw, giving you a strong bite so you can eat anything you choose, speak without slurring, and enjoy your life without fear of your dentures slipping or falling out. Dental implants are also more comfortable to wear since they do not rub against the gums or cause painful sores.

Your overall oral health will also benefit from dental implants. The roots of your teeth are restored, which helps support the remaining natural teeth in your mouth, prevents and reverses jaw bone loss, and guards against periodontal disease. Deteriorating bone can weaken your bite and make eating difficult, and also cause facial collapse, which makes you look older than you are. With dental implants, you won't have to worry about any of these issues.

How Do Dental Implants Work?

Most dental implants are small posts or screws constructed of biocompatible titanium or ceramic material. Because these fixtures are designed to replace the roots of your teeth, they are inserted directly into the jawbone where your teeth used to be. After the implants have fused with your jawbone in a process known as osseointegration, abutments are affixed to them. The restoration that restores the visible portion of your missing tooth (or teeth) is held in place by these abutment pieces. A crown is used to replace a single missing tooth, a bridge to replace multiple adjacent teeth, and a denture replaces most or all of the teeth on a single arch.

Other types of dental implants require a slightly different procedure. Mini dental implants (MDIs) and same-day implant restorations do not require any abutments and may often be done in a single appointment. If, for any reason, traditional dental implant surgery is not an option for you, we may suggest one of these methods instead.

You can expect a smooth process when you choose DDS Group for your dental implants because we handle every step in-house, with our skilled team of oral surgeons, periodontists, and restorative dentists. Instead of having to visit several specialists at a number of different dental practices, our team handles your periodontal procedures, oral surgery, dental sedation, and designing natural-looking restorations for your convenience. 

Learn More About Dental Implants

To schedule a consultation to learn more about how dental implants work, contact us today at 212-269-6655.

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