Tooth loss is a very common issue for adults and not just seniors. Anyone can lose a tooth. When this happens, we know that you want to find a dentist that you trust to provide you with the next best thing. This is why many patients living in and around Glendale, AZ, turn to our dentist Dr. Neda Delavari and the team at Lifetime Smiles for dental implants.
The Magic Behind How Dental Implants Work
A dental implant is a small metal restoration that is designed to take the place of one or more missing teeth. An implant is made up of three different parts,
- A metal post
- An abutment
- The false tooth (aka a dental crown)
The metal post is the part of the implant that is placed within the jawbone to function just like tooth roots. It even provides the jawbone with the same stimulation it gets from natural tooth roots to prevent bone loss (a serious complication of tooth loss).
The Implant’s Been Placed. Now What?
Once the implant is surgically placed in the jawbone, we will need to give the area several months to heal before taking the next step. During the healing process, an amazing phenomenon known as osseointegration occurs. This is when the bone fuses together naturally with the implant to become one. The implant’s biocompatible metal is to be thanked for its ability to fuse together with natural bone and tissue. Once this occurs, the implant is now a permanent part of the jawbone.
The Finishing Touches of Your Implant
Once osseointegration is complete, the next step will be to place the abutment, a structure that serves to secure the dental crown on top of the implant. This will require another minor surgery so that we can open up the gums and attach the abutment on top of the implant. After several more weeks of healing, you’ll come back into our office so that we can cement or secure the permanent dental crown on top of the abutment.
Dr. Delavari and the team at Lifetime Smiles can provide you with the restorative dentistry you’re looking for in Glendale, AZ when tooth loss occurs.
If you want to find out if dental implants are the right option for you, call us at (623) 878-6000 to schedule a consultation.