How Do Dental Implants Work?

Are you considering dental implants as a solution to missing teeth? If so, you're not alone. Many people in Elroy and beyond are turning to dental implants as a durable, reliable, and aesthetically pleasing option. But how do they work? Let's dive in.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are essentially artificial tooth roots that provide a permanent base for fixed replacement teeth. They're a popular choice because they fit, feel, and function like natural teeth. Dental implants are made up of three parts: the implant, the abutment, and the crown. The implant is a screw that acts as a root for your new teeth. The abutment is a permanent but removable connector that supports and holds a tooth or set of teeth, and the crown (or prosthetic tooth) is the part of the tooth that you can see.

The Dental Implant Process

Getting dental implants is a multi-step process that involves several stages, including initial consultation, the placement of the implant, and the placement of the crown. Dr. Emily Wojtowicz, a dental implant specialist in Elroy, will first examine your teeth and jawbone to determine if you're a good candidate for dental implants. Once you're cleared for the procedure, the implant is surgically placed into the jawbone. After a healing period, the abutment is attached to the implant and finally, the new artificial tooth (or teeth) is attached to the abutment.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants offer several benefits that other tooth replacement options can't provide. They look, feel, and function like your natural teeth. Dental implants are also designed to be durable and long-lasting. With proper care, they can last a lifetime. They also help maintain your facial structure, preventing bone loss in the jaw. Moreover, unlike dentures, dental implants don't slip or click when you talk, eat, or laugh, giving you confidence in social situations.

Caring for Your Dental Implants

Dental implants require the same care as real teeth, including brushing, flossing, rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash, and regular dental check-ups. While they are not susceptible to cavities like your natural teeth, they can still accumulate plaque and tartar which can lead to gum disease. So, good oral hygiene is essential for maintaining your dental implants and your overall oral health.

Are Dental Implants Right for You?

Dental implants are a great solution for people who are missing one or more teeth due to injury, disease, or decay. They're also a good option for those who can't or don't want to wear dentures. However, patients must have healthy gums and enough bone to hold the implant. A thorough evaluation by Dr. Emily Wojtowicz will help determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

If you're interested in exploring dental implants as a solution to missing teeth, don't hesitate to reach out to Dr. Emily at Wojtowicz Dental. We're here to answer all your questions and guide you through the process. Contact us at (608) 462-8282 to schedule your consultation today. Let us help you restore your smile and your confidence.