How Do Dental Implants Work?

How do dental implants work?Dental implants are one of the most popular options for fixing problems with your smile. They’re far less work to take care of than dentures, look more natural, and are cheaper in the long run than any other tooth replacement option currently available.

Despite their benefits, here at Oak Park Dental we’ve found that a lot of people still don’t fully understand the implant process. As a leading dentist in Madison, we want to help inform you about implants, the process, and why we recommend our patients in Madison receive dental implants.

How are they placed?

A dental implant is usually a cylindrical or tapered post made of titanium which is surgically placed into the jawbone. They resemble a screw and do in fact have threads, in order to attach a crown.

Some people, if they’ve suffered from serious periodontal disease, may not have the jawbone strength necessary to place an implant directly in the bone. If that’s the case, the implant will sit right on top of the bone, still placed deep into the gum. Alternatively, the jaw can be rebuilt through bone grafting to prepare for the implant process.

If your implant is connected to your jaw, there’s a waiting period while it fuses with your bone. This creates a long-lasting foundation for all replacement teeth. Once the fusing process is completed, we’ll place an abutment to connect the implant to the final crown.

Why are implants so popular?

Implants are popular for a multitude of reasons:

  • They’re less work than dentures. Dentures require constant maintenance, refitting, creams, and monitoring in order to make sure they fit as desired. Additionally, they don’t look as real as implants.
  • The only person who can tell your implant isn’t real is a dentist! Even you may be fooled. Implants look, function, and feel just like real teeth.
  • They’ll last a lifetime. Implants will last for as long as you’re willing to take care of them. Regular flossing and brushing will keep your implant functional as long as you live.

Implants are one of the best options for anyone missing teeth and wishing to restore their great smile. If that describes you, please get in touch with us today. We want to help you get your smile back.


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