Regardless if you are missing one or many teeth, you may feel embarrassed about your gaps. Additionally, you might notice that your teeth are moving, your facial muscles are sagging or that you cannot chew or speak as well as you once did. If this is the case, you could benefit from dental implants. Your Kenosha, WI dentist can help you fill in the gaps and rejuvenate your smile into something you can be proud of.
Surgically placed into the jawbone below your missing tooth, dental implants are safe, secure and permanent. To best understand how dental implants work, you should understand the different parts:
- Fixture: The implant’s fixture replaces your missing tooth’s root. It is a small post implanted into the bone which, over time, becomes fused to the bone and creates a sturdy foundation for your replacement tooth.
- Abutment: The abutment anchors the crown into place by connecting to the fixture.
- Prosthesis: A tooth-shaped dental crown covers the implant itself, replacing your missing tooth and allowing you full functionality of your teeth and bite. If your implants support implant-supported dentures, the prosthesis is a denture which latches onto several strategically placed implants.
The initial phase of the dental implants process involves consultation, preparation, and surgery. Your dentist takes a mold of your mouth on which your prosthesis is based. A dental laboratory customizes your crown or denture to the exact specifications of your mouth, ensuring a natural look and fully functioning teeth. At this point, your dentist implants the fixture into the bone. Over the next few months, the fixture fuses to the bone to become fully integrated. When the surgery sites heal, a second appointment allows your Kenosha, WI dentist to place your new teeth onto the implants, completing the procedure.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
When you lose a tooth, the bone underneath begins to degrade, or atrophy. When this happens, facial muscles sag and the surrounding teeth might move to compensate. While traditional dentures or bridges get the job done, they do not stimulate the bone like dental implants. Implants promote new bone growth and prevent the surrounding teeth from shifting. Additionally, since they are permanently in your mouth, caring for and eating with dental implants is as easy as caring for natural teeth. Brushing twice a day, flossing at least once and seeing your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings twice a year keeps your implants clean and healthy for a lifetime.
For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Mario Maritato, DDS at Maritato Dental in Kenosha, WI. Call 262-657-0504 to schedule your consultation for dental implants today!