Dental implants have revolutionized restorative dentistry, offering long-lasting and natural-looking solutions for replacing missing teeth. Implant restorations are custom-made dental restorations attached to dental implants that restore the appearance and functionality of your smile after tooth loss.
Dental implants are titanium posts surgically placed into the jawbone that serve as artificial tooth roots. Over time, the implants fuse with the surrounding bone in a process known as osseointegration, providing a stable and durable foundation for replacement teeth. Implant restorations offer several advantages over traditional tooth replacement options like bridges or dentures, as they prevent bone loss, maintain facial structure, and do not rely on adjacent teeth for support.
The Implant Restoration Process
During the initial consultation, the dentist assesses the patient's oral health, evaluates bone density, and discusses treatment options. A customized treatment plan is created to address the patient's unique needs. In the surgical phase, the dental implants are placed into the jawbone. After placement, a healing period of several months is required to allow the implants to integrate with the bone.
Once the implants have been integrated, abutments are attached to the implants. These abutments act as anchors for implant restorations. Dental impressions are used to create custom-made dental restorations that fit perfectly over the abutments and blend seamlessly with the patient's smile.
The final step of the dental implant process is the placement of the implant restoration. Implant restorations include dental crowns, bridges, or implant-supported dentures, depending on the number of missing teeth.
The Benefits of Implant Restorations
Implant restorations function like natural teeth, allowing you to chew, speak, and bite confidently. The stability and strength of implants provide excellent support for your prosthetic teeth.
Aesthetics and Confidence
Implant restoration results in a natural-looking smile that enhances your facial appearance and boosts self-confidence. The prosthetic teeth are designed to match your natural teeth in terms of color, shape, and size, creating a seamless result.
Longevity and Durability
With proper care and maintenance, dental implants can last a lifetime, making implant restoration a wise long-term investment in oral health.
Bone Health Preservation
Implants stimulate the jawbone, preventing bone loss and preserving the facial structure. Unlike other tooth replacement options, such as traditional bridges or dentures, implants help maintain the jawbone's integrity.
Convenience and Comfort
Implant restorations are stable and secured in place, allowing you to not worry about your replacement teeth slipping or moving. They become a permanent part of your mouth, providing comfort and convenience in daily activities.
By replacing missing teeth with implant restorations, patients can regain their oral health and functionality, as well as their confidence. If you are missing one or more teeth, visit Inverness Smiles: John Aiken, DMD, at 5291 Valleydale Rd, Suite 129, Birmingham, AL 35242, or call (205) 995-3989 to determine if implant restoration is the right solution for you.