What are dental implants?
Dental implants are uniquely designed in 3 parts to emulate the structure of a natural tooth and provide the support needed to chew, speak, and smile with complete confidence. Dental implants look, feel, and function just like natural teeth!
The 3 parts of an implant include
- The implant post (also called the screw). This piece is typically made of medical-grade titanium and is the first piece placed in the mouth. Once implanted into the jaw, it integrates with the bone during the healing period in the same manner as a natural tooth root.
- The abutment. The abutment is the connecting piece that holds the custom-made crown to the implant post.
- The crown. Once the dental implant post has sufficiently healed in the jaw, the crown is connected to the top of the implant post with the abutment. The crown is custom-made to blend seamlessly with the surrounding teeth for a natural-looking result.
All of our board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons are trained to provide the full scope of oral surgery options, including dental implant placement, using the most advanced tools and surgical techniques available. We encourage you to contact us to schedule a consultation appointment, where you will receive a thorough examination and a personalized treatment plan.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are the preferred tooth replacement option because they fully restore both aesthetics and oral function. Other dental prostheses can replace missing teeth to give the patient a complete smile, but they cannot provide the benefits of dental implants. The most common advantages that dental implants have over other tooth restorations include
- Dental implants preserve the health of your jaw bone. The roots of your natural teeth continuously stimulate the bone in your jaw when you chew to keep the jaw bones healthy. When teeth are missing and are replaced with bridges and dentures, the jaw bone does not receive this stimulation because these appliances only rest on the gums. The result is jaw bone atrophy, which can cause a host of oral health problems as well as a sunken look to the face. Dental implants are true tooth replacements, root and all, and they stimulate the jaw just like real teeth. They are the only replacement option that prevents jaw bone loss.
- Dental implants require no special care. Dental implants are designed to function just like natural teeth. Regular brushing and flossing is all you need!
- Dental implants can last a lifetime. Most traditional tooth restorations must be replaced after several years of use. Dental implants fuse with the jaw bone, making them stable and permanent. With proper oral care and regular dental exams, they can last a lifetime.
- Dental implants are versatile. Dental implants can be used to restore a single tooth, several teeth, or as part of full-arch restoration to replace an entire arch of teeth. If you are healthy enough to undergo a minor dental procedure, you are most likely a candidate for dental implants.
Dental Implant Procedure
Because each patient is different, your treatment plan will be customized by your oral surgeon to meet your specific needs. When you visit us for your consultation appointment, we will take 3D scans of your mouth, discuss anesthesia options, and design your personalized treatment plan.
On the day of your procedure, our welcoming staff members will guide you through every step of the process. First, you will be made comfortable with your choice of anesthesia. Once the anesthetic has taken effect, your doctor will carefully place the implant post into the empty tooth socket and stitch the surgical site closed. When the anesthesia has worn off, you can return home.
The dental implant will need to heal and fuse with the jaw bone over the next few months. During that time, your restorative dentist will create your custom-designed crown. When you are ready, your restorative dentist will attach the custom-made crown to your abutment. You’re ready to enjoy your fully functioning, natural-looking dental implant!
Dental Implants at Mountain State Oral & Facial Surgery
If you’re interested in any of the treatments we offer, we encourage you to contact our office to see how we can help you. We have offices conveniently located in Ashland, KY, or Beckley, Charleston, Huntington, Hurricane, Kanawha City, Parkersburg, or Princeton WV.
We work closely with The Facial Center to provide a range of cosmetic services, including HydraFacial MD®, JUVÉDERM®, facelifts, and so much more! Call us or visit The Facial Center’s website to learn more.