Dental implants are artificial teeth that stay in place using a titanium post that's implanted in your jaw. The post serves as the tooth's “root,” keeping in firmly in place so your implant looks, feels and works just like a natural tooth. Many patients prefer implants to dentures or bridges because they're easy to care for and there is no risk of slippage or sore spots. Plus, because they function just like a natural tooth, they can help you feel more confident after losing a tooth to decay or trauma.
Implant restorations occur over several appointments. During your initial visit, the titanium post will be implanted in your jaw. When there is not enough bone to support the post, a bone graft may be completed using a very small amount of your own bone or bone from a donor. During the next several weeks, your bone will fuse with the post to strengthen it. At the next appointment, a special device called an abutment will be attached to the post, serving as the attachment point for the artificial tooth. An impression will also be made to serve as a model for the tooth. Finally, at the next appointment your artificial tooth will be attached to the abutment and gently shaped for an ideal fit.
No, you can care for your teeth just as you care for your natural teeth. Although the tooth cannot decay, care must be taken to keep the gum healthy to avoid gum disease which can occur with implants just as it does with your natural teeth. Be sure to see Dr. Sporer for regular appointments to ensure the gums around your implant stay healthy.
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