Dental Implants An Overview
Dental implants have become the highest standard in replacing missing teeth. They provide structural integrity and long-term bite stability. A three-part system, the dental implant is modeled after the ingenuity of a natural tooth. Dental implants can be used to secure a dental crown, bridge or denture. They provide added oral health benefits over traditional removable dental restorations. Owings Mills Dental Care works to help you enjoy the oral health benefits of an implant-secured dental restoration.
What Is A Dental Implant?
Dental implant posts are tiny titanium screw-like structures. The post is surgically implanted into the jaw bone. The titanium is a biocompatible material that gradually fuses with the jaw, stabilizing the alignment of the bite and teeth. Patients may receive a single dental implant to replace a single missing tooth, or several implants placed to permanently secure a denture or bridge.
Once the dental implant heals, an abutment is attached to the top of the implant. The abutment is used as an anchor and fastens the final restoration into place.
A dental restoration will be custom designed to look like the patient’s natural smile. Using highly customizable materials, the dental restoration is color, shape, and size matched to blend seamlessly with adjacent teeth. The type of restoration used will be determined by the number of missing teeth that need to be replaced.