When it comes to replacing lost teeth, dental implants are regarded as the best treatment option. This is because dental implants have an incredibly long life span and provide durable bases for natural looking restorations. Unlike other tooth replacement methods, implant dentistry addresses the loss of the roots of teeth whereas common prosthetics like dentures and bridges only replace the visible portions of missing teeth. Dr. Golab offers dental implant consultations to those interested in reviewing their tooth replacement options.
WHAT DENTAL IMPLANTS ARE
Dental implants are prosthetics made of titanium. They are only a few millimeters in diameter and somewhat resemble the appearance of a screw because of its ridged texture and tapered end. Implants are embedded into the jawbone so that they can later be used to hold restorations like dental crowns or bridges to complete the tooth replacement process.
Once the dental implant becomes stabilized, a person will receive his or her restoration. The restoration is attached to an abutment on the implant and will provide the surface needed to bite and chew food. Restorations are custom made so that they fit properly over the implant’s abutment and in between existing teeth.