What is a Dental Implant?

You may have heard a lot of hype about dental implants, but aren’t really sure what they are and why they’re beneficial. Dental implants have been around for years, and have come a long way since they were first used in dentistry. Dental implants are used for single and multiple tooth replacement, as well as to serve as anchor for dentures, partial dentures, and hybrid dentures. The great thing about implants is that the metal will outlast any of the natural structures and tissues in your mouth, and they can be used to replace a single tooth, without disturbing the surrounding teeth like a bridge would.

Dental implants are typically made of titanium and look like a small screw. The implant portion is threaded into the bone where a tooth was lost or removed. Bone grafting may be required to help secure the implant in the existing bone. Once an implant has healed in the bone (generally 4-6 months are recommended), an abutment is placed on top of the implant. The implant will be flush with your bone and gums, so until the abutment is placed, nothing will protrude above the gums. The abutment serves as the portion of the tooth above the gumline that would be prepared for a crown. An impression will be taken of the abutment on the implant, and a highly aesthetic crown will be fabricated to replace the missing tooth.

To learn more about our services for dental implants in Mesa, contact us today.