05 Jul Structure of a Dental Implant
There are several methods of tooth reconstruction available to treat badly damaged or missing teeth. In the case of damage to teeth, dental crowns, whereby the damaged tooth is fitted with a porcelain ‘jacket’ is a common solution.
When teeth are missing, choices for treatment include dentures, fixed bridges and dental implants; and it is the latter treatment that has grown in popularity, due to the numerous benefits they bestow over other methods.
When it comes to dental implants, an implant dentist employs the services of one or more small titanium rods which he places into the patient’s gum tissue. The exact number of rods to be used by the dentist differs, depending on the number of teeth to be replaced and their location in the mouth.
The titanium rod used by the dentist will, over time, bond itself to the patient’s jawbone. This will help give the implant strength and support, while also serving to stimulate the jawbone and preserve bone mass, which can degrade in instances of tooth loss and can affect the stability of other teeth nearby.
Once the titanium rod has been put in place, the dentist will place a temporary dental crown over the top of the rod. This crown helps to protect the implant from damage while the healing process occurs, and the rod fuses onto the jawbone.
After a short time, the dentist will then replace the temporary crown with a permanent porcelain dental crown, thus completing the treatment and restoring the patient’s smile back to its former glory.
Among the many benefits of dental implants are the strength and support they provide to surrounding teeth, protecting them from tooth shift. They also help to preserve much of the patient’s bite strength and are very hard-wearing, making them an ideal permanent solution to tooth reconstruction.
And perhaps the best benefit of all when it comes to dental implants is the fact that they do not require extra care to keep clean; simply adhering to a good dental hygiene regime involving regular brushing and flossing, and twice-yearly visits to a dentist are all it takes to ensure dental implants last a lifetime.
For more information on dental implants in Round Rock, contact Balcones Family Dental at 512-200-7422 and schedule your professional consultation.