Dental implants are the most durable and functional tooth replacement option available today. The implant is comprised of a titanium post that serves as the root of your replacement tooth, a porcelain crown, and an abutment that attaches the crown to the implant. With proper oral care, a dental implant can replace a natural tooth for a lifetime.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- Convenience. Once the implant is placed, it serves all the functions of a natural tooth. No eating restrictions or speaking impediments.
- Oral health. With other tooth replacement options, the bone where the root used to be may deteriorate over time, causing neighboring teeth to shift and loosen. Implants are the only option that helps prevent bone loss in the jawline.
- Reliability. Implant placement surgery is one of the most effective types of surgery with a success rate of over 95%.
- Confidence. Implants are nearly indistinguishable from natural teeth. Smile more often with a full, healthy set of teeth.
Placing the Implant
First, your doctor will take x-rays of your mouth and determine the optimal placement of the implant. Once the implant has been surgically placed, the abutment and crown will be attached during restoration procedures when the area has fully healed. Most patients report minimal pain and discomfort, managed easily by over-the-counter pain medication if needed at all. If you are anxious about any stage in the implant procedure, the team at Pauly & Tompkins Family Dental Group is always ready and willing to answer any questions or concerns you may have.