All You Need to Know About Dental Implants

Surpassing removable dentures and dental bridges as the “new standard of dental care,” dental implants are a long-lasting and robust replacement for missing teeth. Constructed from titanium, dental implants are fully biocompatible and will actually fuse with the jawbone, as if it were a natural tooth root. Dental implants confer a number of benefits unto Ft. Lauderdale, FL patients, the most commonly cited advantage being their natural look and feel. By installing implants to replace lost teeth, Dr. Daniel Fenton can help you attain a stunningly beautiful smile.

Anatomy of the Dental Implant System

Dental implants are composed of three major components, which include:

• Implant fixture: The fixture of the dental implant system is a small screw-like titanium insert that is embedded into the jawbone during the second stage of the implants process. It’s this piece of the system that integrates with the jawbone during the healing stage, acting like an artificial tooth root capable of supporting one or more dental prostheses.

• Abutment: This is a component that acts like an intermediary between the fixture and the crown. It is attached to the dental implants fixture, sometimes beneath the gum line or otherwise above the gums, during the later weeks of the healing stage of the implants process — generally speaking, only after osseointegration.

• Crown or dental prosthesis: Crown or dental prosthesis refers to the artificial tooth that will permanently replace the one you lost. These are closely matched to your natural teeth in shape, size, and color to help make sure they’re indistinguishable from one another. Dental prostheses can be installed with cemented or screwed onto the abutment.

Osseointegration

While Dr. Fenton is responsible for placing the implant in the jaw, much of the work to secure the dental implant into position is actually done by the body. Specifically, it’s the process of osseointegration that provides implants with the strength, endurance, and stability which characterize them. It relies on the organic regeneration of the jaw’s bone tissue, which is why the ideal candidate generally has a healthy jawbone. Those who’ve suffered from jawbone deterioration may still benefit from dental implants, but the procedure could necessitate a bone graft.

The jaw’s bone tissue is much like a muscle in that any strain or tearing can stimulate the regeneration of the tissue. When the implant fixture is positioned into the jaw, a small drill will apply force to its surface and catalyze osseointegration. During this process, the bone will grow right up the surface of the dental implant fixture, tightly clasping it into place. Modern implants are manufactured with a porous surface, so that the bone tissue can weave in and out of the implant and make the system tougher and sturdier. Some fixtures are designed with a rougher exterior, although the jaggedness is visible only at the microscopic level, to maximize the surface area of the implant — the more the bone can integrate with the implant the better.

Osseointegration requires a variable time for completion; typically, the longer we wait after the initial placement procedure the more complete the fusing between the dental implant and the bone. The healing phase of the dental implants process can usually extends from three to six months. Dr. Fenton will be able to give you a more accurate estimate during the consultation at Bayview Smiles, in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

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By replacing lost tooth roots, dental implants can support one or more permanent replacement teeth that look and feel just like natural teeth. Their many benefits have made implants the premier tooth replacement solution currently available in medical science. If you would like to learn more about dental implants, please contact our Ft. Lauderdale, FL office to schedule your no-obligation consultation today!

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