Dental implants might sound like something out of a futuristic book or movie, but at Harris Dentistry in Boca Raton, the future is here.
Not everyone has heard about dental implants, though, so we are going to use this space to tell you everything – or almost everything, anyway – you ever wanted to know about them.
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First of all, dental implants are not replacement teeth; they are metal posts that support one or more replacement teeth. It can be a little confusing, because they are sometimes referred to as “tooth implants.” Even we call them that sometimes, and as dental professionals we know better.
- Replacement root. A dental implant is a replacement tooth root for a missing tooth. They are usually made out of titanium, a lightweight metal that is especially good at fusing with bone. A titanium post is inserted in the jaw and becomes a solid foundation for replacement teeth.
- Safe. Dental implants are one of the safest dental procedures there is. Titanium is very compatible with the human body, and cases of rejection are very rare.
- Bone stimulaltion. The artificial tooth attached to the actual implant gives you back your smile. But an added benefit, just as important, is that the implant stimulates the bone. Dental bridges and conventional dentures do not.
- Healing. It usually takes two to three months for full healing, and for the implant to fully integrate with the jaw bone.
- No pain. Our goal is to make placement as comfortable as possible. We’ll full numb the area where the implant goes.
- Bone density. The best candidates for dental implants have enough healthy jaw bone to support the titanium post. Even in cases where the bone has receded, bone grafting can promote new growth – enough to support the implant.
- Single and Multiple. One dental implant can support one artificial tooth. Several implants can support a partial or full set of dentures.
Some three million people in the United States are already enjoying the benefits of dental implants, and that number grows each year. They are among the restorative dentistry services at Harris Dentistry in Boca Raton. Call our office to schedule an appointment.