How Dental Implants Work
Dental implants provide a unique approach to treating tooth loss that restores oral function, improves the appearance of an incomplete smile and lasts for decades. These biocompatible prosthetics are designed to replace the root systems of teeth so that permanent restorations like crowns can be supported. To accomplish the feat of replacing a missing tooth’s roots, the dental implant is placed into the jawbone where tooth loss has occurred. Patients will then undergo a recovery phase of treatment where the stabilization of the dental implant is monitored.
The stabilization process of dental implants is very important. Dental implants are stabilized when the jawbone fuses to their structure. A dental implant is made from the biocompatible metal, titanium. This metal is what makes dental implants a viable solution to biological teeth. Since the body does not reject titanium as a foreign object and has unique properties that allow bone to fuse to it, implants can serve as replacements for the roots of teeth. Once implants are stable, a patient’s permanent restorations or prosthetic is attached. The implant will be able to support the force and pressure put upon a restoration during meals while the restoration replaces the visible structure of teeth.