Dental implants are posts designed to replace the roots of your missing teeth. The implants form a solid foundation to support your new prosthetic crowns or bridges, and they can also be used as anchors for orthodontic movements. Dental implants are quickly becoming one of the most popular tooth restoration options because they are more similar to natural teeth than any other replacement option, allowing you to eat and smile confidently.
Dental implants consist of three parts: the post, the abutment, and the crown or bridge. The post itself is inserted into your tooth socket to replace the root. The post is made of medical-grade titanium, which integrates with bone for a secure and stable hold. The post will eventually attach to the abutment — a connector piece that will secure your new prosthetic tooth (crown) in position. Dental implants can be used to replace one tooth, using single tooth crowns, or multiple teeth via an implant-supported bridge or fixed denture.
Why the three-part design?
Dental implants are specially designed to function just like natural teeth. By replacing both the root and the crown, the implants can prevent bone loss, dental shifting, and other oral health problems more effectively than other prosthetic tooth options. There is no risk of your new teeth slipping or falling out once your implants are placed. After the surgical sites have healed, dental implants can be treated just like your natural teeth, allowing you to eat, speak, brush, floss, and smile normally.
Alexandria Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center
To learn whether or not dental implants are right for you, contact one of our offices in Alexandria, LA or Natchitoches, LA. One of our staff members can help answer your questions or schedule a consultation with one of our skilled oral and maxillofacial surgeons.