If you’re dealing with tooth loss, then you already know how disheartening and destabilizing this dental issue can be. The good news is that our Saint Louis dental implant dentists provide the high-quality, customized care that patients need to rebuild their smiles. Keep reading to get some more information about dental implants, and remember, you can always reach out to our dental team to learn more!
The identifying feature of the dental implant is the titanium implant root. This titanium post/screw fills the space where the natural tooth root used to sit. So, this root extends into the patient’s jawbone, and the dental restoration—the part that actually looks like a natural tooth—sits on top.
This means that dental implants stay in place permanently, which is one of the major advantages of choosing a dental implant over other prostheses that simply sit on top of the gum tissue.
Over time, the titanium screw actually bonds with the natural jawbone tissue—this process is called osseointegration. Osseointegration not only creates an exceptionally stable replacement tooth; it also helps to preserve healthy jawbone density in the surrounding tissues.
Individual dental implants replace single teeth. However, our team can also anchor larger dental prostheses, like dentures, with just a few strategically placed implant roots. This transforms these larger prostheses into permanent fixtures, and improves their stability.
The crowns and restorations that we use to top implant roots are crafted to suit the individual patient. This means that the shape, size, and color of the visible restoration create a natural effect once in place.
Dental implant technology has truly transformed how our Saint Louis dentists are able to treat tooth loss. If you want to learn more about all of your tooth replacement treatments including dental implants, feel free to give us a call!