A dental implant is a metal post that will support a dental restoration. They are a popular treatment option for people who have missing teeth. Gum disease, tooth decay, and trauma are the main causes of missing or damaged teeth. The dentist office of Dr. Drew A. Shulman offers many types of dental implants in Philadelphia, PA for patients missing one, multiple, or even all of their teeth.
Dental implant supported restorations are the next best option to having natural teeth and, with over a 95% success rate, it is easy to see why they have become so popular. Dental implants can restore a stable and comfortable smile that will look and feel completely natural. The offer a permanent solution for tooth loss and will help improve your oral health.
Our Northeast Philadelphia implant treatment services include a comprehensive consultation so you know exactly what you are getting. Continue reading for more information on what exactly are dental implants.
Parts of a Dental Implant-Supported Dental Restoration
A typical dental implant restoration is made up of 3 parts; the implant post, the abutment, and a dental restoration.
The Dental Implant
The phrase dental implant actually refers to the metal post that the dentist will insert into the jaw. The post is made up of titanium, chosen due to its strength. This type of metal can fuse with human bone as well. The process by which the bone cells attach themselves to the titanium post is called osseointegration.
It is cylinder-shaped and resembles a screw. Dental implants act as the missing teeth’s root system. They are the only teeth replacement option to replace the roots preventing bone loss in the jaw.
The abutment will connect the implant to dental restoration after healing is complete. It can take up to six months for the post to heal and fuse with the jaw bone. After that, Dr. Shulman will uncover the implant and attach the abutment to it. This small metal piece will screw onto the implant and sit at the gum line. This part will support the dental prosthesis.
The Dental Restoration
The last part of the dental implant secured restoration is the actual dental restoration. The type you need depends on how many teeth you are missing and where they are located. The prosthetic tooth will be a dental crown for a single missing tooth. Your dentist will use cement or a screw to secure the dental crown to the abutment.
A dental bridge or denture will be used for multiple missing teeth, even a full mouth of missing teeth. You have the choice of being able to snap them onto the abutments or having your dentist screw them in place.
Are dental implants right for me?
When deciding how to replace your missing or damaged teeth, it is important to know if you even qualify for them and understand what the process entails. Dental implants are for anyone of any age that is missing one or more teeth. They require healthy bone and gum tissue for long-term results.
Patients who have some bone loss and edentulous patients can still be candidates for implants but may require additional treatments such as a bone graft. The process to replace teeth with dental implants can take months to complete. It involves surgery and many visits to our Philadelphia dentist office.
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