What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are basically artificial tooth roots. They are placed in your jawbone and bond with your natural bone. They create a sturdy base for supporting one or more artificial teeth called crowns. Dental implants are made of titanium and other materials that are compatible with the human body. If you are self-conscious because you have missing teeth, wearing dentures can be uncomfortable, consult with your dentist and see if dental implants are an option for you.

How does the procedure work?

There are various parts to the dental implant procedure, often taking a 4 to 6 months to complete. First the dentist surgically places the implant into the jawbone. Next, the bone around the implant heals. Dentists give the second step a few months in order for the implant to fully heal. Also this healing process allows the bone to actually grow around the implant so it can have a sturdy base. This process of healing and incorporation is called osseointegration.

After a couple months of healing, the time for the placement of the artificial teeth or tooth is ready. If you are only having a single tooth replaced, then a dentist will customize a new tooth called a crown. If you have two or more teeth being replaced, then a dentist uses custom made bridges or dentures to fit your mouth.

How can Jacksonville Dental Help?

Modern dental implants look and function as if they were your own original teeth. Each replacement tooth can be permanently replaced, anchored into the jaw itself, offering a more natural alternatives to dentures. Want to learn more about the benefits of implant dentistry? Call us now at (910) 455-2151 or complete our simple online form to schedule a consultation. We’re dedicated to providing you with affordable, top-quality dental care.