If you are dealing with a lost or failing tooth, you probably should know more about dental implants. Many people have heard of dental implants in Maryland Heights but don't know that much about them or how they work. You might be surprised to learn that dental implants have been in use for over 50 years!
Here are some more facts you should know about dental implants.
What is a Dental Implant?
The dental implant itself is actually what replaces your lost root. It is placed into your jawbone, and because it is comprised of biocompatible titanium, it is able to integrate with your bone during a process called osseointegration. This takes anywhere from three to six months.
After your implant is fully healed and integrated, it's now ready to support your new tooth. Your implant crown attaches to the implant with an abutment. Your new tooth is made of ceramic porcelain, which has been designed and customized to closely mimic your lost tooth in both shape and shade.
What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that replaces both your root and your tooth. This is important because a lost root will result in lost bone since your jawbone will deteriorate without anything to support.
Your neighboring teeth will also begin to shift without a replacement tooth. This causes bite misalignment and a greater risk for developing issues like gum disease and tooth decay.
An implant tooth offers the look, feel, and function of a natural tooth, and it's easy to care for because you'll brush and floss as you usually do. They also offer excellent long-term benefits as they can potentially last for a lifetime with the right care. Regular checkups with your dentist will ensure the health of your new tooth.
Would you like to learn more about dental implants? Give Dr. Kevin Burgdorf a call today at our Bridgeton office that serves the Hazelwood and Maryland Heights. We'll be happy to schedule a consultation so you can learn more about the possibility of dental implants for your smile.