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How Dental Implants Work

Dental implants may be a standard part of modern dentistry now, but the effect they have on dental health is just as impressive today as it was when they first became popular. With a tooth implant, you can enjoy a better smile, a stronger jaw, and a well-aligned bite.

Dental implant technology makes it possible to replace a missing tooth with a tooth implant that looks and acts just like a natural tooth.

How is it possible for a tooth implant made of titanium to replicate a natural tooth almost perfectly? We are happy to explain the ins and out of the dental implant procedure, and how dental implants work!

What Is a Tooth Implant?

To learn about how dental implants work, it’s important to first understand what a dental implant—or a tooth implant—is. While these implants eventually become teeth in their own right, they start out much simpler!

At its core, a dental implant is a small titanium rod, or screw. Once this little rod has been placed in the jawbone, it becomes the base of a new tooth restoration. A crown that is placed on top of this rod becomes the visible tooth that will look and act just like your natural teeth.

How Does a Tooth Implant Become Part of Your Smile?

Knowing that a dental implant is a metal rod with a ceramic crown on top can make it seem even more surprising that this device becomes a natural part of your smile so quickly. How can something man made integrate so naturally with your jawbone and other teeth?

The answer lies in your jawbone. Because of the way a dental implant is placed into the bone itself, your jaw will quickly grow around the implant and lock it securely in place. With such a strong natural bedrock, your tooth implant can remain solidly in place for years!

This is also the reason why your dentist might tell you that you need a jawbone graft before receiving a dental implant. A jawbone graft is a straightforward procedure that involves building up your existing bone material, so it will be strong enough to successfully hold a tooth implant. If your dentist does recommend this procedure, don’t worry—a bone graft is a short procedure with long-term benefits.

How Does a Dental Implant Compare to Natural Teeth?

In appearance, the best dental implants are almost indistinguishable from natural teeth. We design our dental implants to fit the hole in your smile exactly. We also color-match our dental implants, so you won’t have to worry about your tooth implant looking more or less white than its neighbors.

Our dental implants are built to last, so they won’t be any more likely to be damaged than a natural tooth as long as you keep your teeth healthy and clean. In fact, your implants may be more durable than their natural neighbors!

One of the many advantages of a tooth implant is that once it is set and healed, it doesn’t require any extra care compared to the rest of your teeth. As long as you brush and floss regularly and visit the dentist on a regular schedule, you can expect your dental implant to last for years.

How Do I Know if I Need a Dental Implant?

If you’re missing a permanent tooth, you will most likely benefit from a tooth implant. A dental implant can also solve the problem of a badly decayed or broken tooth. If your tooth is too damaged for an easy repair, replacing it with a tooth implant may be the best and most painless solution for you.

The only way to know for sure whether a dental implant is right for you is by meeting with your dentist at Arlington Dentistry by Design. Our skilled Dr. Khalil will be able to give you personalized advice based on your teeth, and offer a recommendation that’s right for you.

Dental Implants Are a Proven Solution for a Better Smile and Better Health.
If you’re interested in learning more about what dental implants can do for you, contact us today! We look forward to answering your questions and giving access to a tooth implant you’ll love.