Believe it or not, understanding dental implants really isn’t that complicated. That’s because they work a lot like one of your natural teeth. First, Dr. Montgomery embeds the actual implant, which stands in for the root of a missing tooth. Then, there is a small abutment that connects the implant to a porcelain crown. And that’s all there is to it. Because the construction of a dental implant is so similar to a tooth, this tooth replacement really is much more lifelike than, say, a bridge or denture that merely rests on top of your gums. Let’s look more closely at just how dental implants work.
Dental implants in Plano are exceptional because they stand in for an entire missing tooth and not only the portion that is visible above your gum line. Unlike other tooth replacement options such as a partial or a full denture, implants also substitute for the root that held the tooth securely in your jawbone. Just as a root holds a tooth in place, an implant holds a crown or another replacement such as a fixed partial or an implant-retained denture.
Also, a tooth root has an important role to play in keeping your jaw strong and well formed. It stimulates the jawbone every time you bite down. Without it, bone tissue begins to deteriorate. As a result, the shape of your jaw may change, making you look older than your age.
In addition, just one missing tooth increases your risk for additional tooth loss. But because a dental implant performs just like a natural root, you can avoid these problems and enjoy the oral health and beauty of a complete smile. The implant encourages new bone tissue growth that keeps your jaw and face looking fuller and younger and helps to prevent more missing teeth.
The implant procedure is not complicated. First, a local anesthetic is administered to numb the site. Then, Dr. Montgomery makes an incision in your gums where the tooth is missing. A special instrument similar to a drill removes a small section of bone and the implant is surgically inserted. Over the course of the next few months your gums will heal, and the implant and surrounding bone tissue fuse together in a process called osseointegration.
Once you’ve healed, your dentist in Plano will attach the abutment and allow your gums to form around it. In a couple of weeks, you’ll return to the office to have a dental crown attached to the abutment. The complete prosthetic now recreates a tooth that looks as good and performs as well as any natural one.