Dr. Bruce Matthews, DDS

How do dental implants work?

graphic of dental implants in wilmington deDental implants are a great innovation that are made to act as a full tooth replacement. Unlike dental bridges or dentures, dental implants do not just cover the space left by a missing tooth.

Dental implants replace the entire tooth, from the root right down to the artificial tooth (crown) that looks just like your own teeth. The result is a replacement that looks and functions just like a real tooth and allows you to speak normally and eat all your favorite foods.

The secret of a dental implant is the very small titanium post that is surgically implanted in your jaw. Titanium is a biocompatible material, and this simply means that it integrates completely with surrounding bone and tissue once it has healed.

This post (the implant) is the main difference between dental implants and other restorations that simply hide the empty space created by a missing tooth. Once the post has fully healed and fused with surrounding bone, it forms a stable, durable replacement root.

Replacing a missing root is very important, because without the stimulation of a natural root, your jaw can actually start to deteriorate, potentially resulting in tooth loss. The implant eliminates this problem by restoring your jaw bone.

Another problem that occurs when a root is missing is that the roots of surrounding teeth can gradually shift and change position, causing surrounding teeth to become misaligned. The dental implant eliminates this problem since it takes the place of the natural root.

If you have missing teeth, it is important to have it replaced as soon as possible. Dental implants are a great solution, but deciding to have this procedure done is a big decision. Please contact our office, and we will be happy to answer your questions as well as recommending possible alternatives.

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