What's the next best thing to a natural tooth? It's the dental implant, an artificial tooth complete from root to crown. Placed by your Jackson, MI, dentists, Dr. Constance Smith and Dr. Ian Liskiewicz, dental implants recreate strong, beautiful smiles, and they preserve gum tissue and bone, too. Learn the details here on these amazing dental prosthetics.
How a dental implant works
Basically, a dental implant resides in an empty tooth socket. Composed of a titanium screw (or cylinder), metal abutment post, and porcelain crown, the single-tooth implant features rock-solid stability and excellent oral function.
During an in-office oral surgery, your Jackson dentist inserts the implant device right into the jawbone. After many weeks of healing, the implant fully integrates to the jaw bone and can accept the above-the-gum-line post and crown.
Paramount to implant success are sufficient jaw bone density, a strong immune system and a process called osseointegration. Given enough time to heal and rest, the jaw bone at the implant site melds, or integrates, to the titanium implant screw, making this modern tooth replacement almost as durable and functional as a healthy natural tooth.
Can you receive an implant?
Most adults and teens can, but to make sure all is well, your dentist in Jackson will perform an oral check-up and take X-rays and a CAT scan to look at your bone structure. If your bone is thin, your dentist may augment it with donor bone or other material to ensure a solid implant foundation.
The implant procedure itself takes about an hour and requires only local anesthetic. After the site heals, you return to the dental office for restoration of the implant with an abutment post and custom-made porcelain crown. If you have multiple implants, your dentist will place either fixed bridgework or a full denture as needed.
Their track record
Dental implants have an excellent one. With good home and in-office hygiene, you can expect decades of service from your new tooth. In fact, the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness maintains these artificial teeth succeed 98 percent of the time and stay in place for decades.
The only real threat is peri-implantitis. Resulting from sloppy oral hygiene and/or tobacco usage, this destructive infection looks and acts like periodontal disease. Often, peri-implantitis causes implant failure and removal, so your best preventive care is important.
Looking to complete your smile?
Then, explore dental implants with Dr. Smith and Dr. Liskiewicz. Contact their office team to arrange a personal implant consultation: (517) 787-7520. Your best smile could be a phone call away!