The best way to describe a dental implant is to compare it to a real tooth. A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. The part of the tooth that you see and eat with is called the crown. Beneath the crown is the root, which anchors the tooth trough the gum tissue to the jawbone. When you lose a tooth, you lose both the root and the crown. To replace a tooth, we first have to first replace the root. A dental implant is nothing more than an artificial tooth root, made of surgical grade hypo-allergenic titanium that is surgically placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth, bridge or denture.
Once an implant has been placed in the jaw, the bone around the implant needs to heal for six weeks to six month. After this period of healing, a support post called a healing abutment will be placed on the implant , and finally a new crown can be placed on the abutment.
Today, in the right circumstances, a tooth could be placed on an implant the same day the implant is placed. Dental implants look and feel so natural, you may forget you ever lost a tooth. Smiles by Design is unique in that Dr. Brother is one of a handful of dentists trained in both surgically placing your implant(s) and fabricating the crown(s).
What Dental Implants Can Do?
Replace one or more teeth without affecting bordering teeth.
Support a bridge and eliminate the need for a removable partial denture.
- Provide support for a denture, making it more secure and comfortable.