By Advance Family Dental Care
February 19, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Find out more about dental implants and what it takes to get them in Naperville.

By now you’ve probably heard a little bit about dental implants, the permanent solution for tooth loss; however, how much do you really know about this popular dental treatment? Dental implants offer a host of wonderful benefits to patients who are ideal Dental Implantscandidates, but what makes a dental implant work and what are the different components made of?

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a small post that acts as a tooth’s root by being placed into the jawbone of the socket of the missing tooth. This is a permanent solution for replacing one, several or even all of your missing teeth.

What makes up a dental implant and what is it made of?

A dental implant consists of three parts: the implant itself, an abutment and an artificial tooth. The implant is usually made from titanium and resembles a small screw or metal post. This is the part that will be surgically placed into either the upper or lower jawbone, depending on where your missing tooth is.

Then an abutment is attached to the top of the implant with a screw. An abutment is often made from either titanium, gold or even porcelain. The purpose of an abutment is to hold the dental crown to the implant.

Lastly, an artificial tooth is cemented onto the abutment. This dental restoration is also a dental crown, so it will be most likely be made from porcelain to offer a natural-looking artificial tooth.

How do I get dental implants?

The surgical process does take a while and it will depend on where you are getting your implants and how many you are getting. The quickest length of treatment is about five months to replace teeth on the lower jaw and about six months for the upper jaw; however, it can easily take about a year to complete this entire process.

During surgery a hole is drilled into the jawbone and the implant is placed directly into the hole, after which the incision is sutured up and given time to heal. Over the course of several weeks the bone and tissue surrounding the implant will begin to fuse with the metal to secure the implant in the jawbone.

After the healing process is over, we will open up the gums and place an abutment over the implant. The abutment’s main purpose is to hold the dental crown is place. Lastly, the crown is secured to the abutment to complete your smile.

Are dental implants right for me?

If you are an adult who is a non-smoker and in good health, dental implants could be a good fit for you. To find out more about getting dental implants in Naperville, then it’s time to schedule a consultation with Dr. Pirooz Zomorrodi at Advance Family Dental Care. Let us get you one step closer to a more radiant smile.

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