A dental implant mimics the form and function of a natural tooth, which consists of a root and a crown. The crown is the visible part of your tooth. It is used to chew food and is therefore the most susceptible to cavities. The crown is attached to the jawbone by way of the root. When decay or a fracture has deemed a tooth non-restorable or when periodontal disease has advanced enough to warrant an extraction, the entire tooth, root and all, is taken out. The dental implant is a titanium root that gets fitted into the socket that is created in your jaw by a specialist (periodontist or oral surgeon). Once the root (implant) heals, we place an artificial crown on top. The new crown is customized to match your bite and the color of your teeth.
What are the benefits of getting a tooth implant?
- They look and act like natural teeth
- They can last a lifetime with the right care
- You don’t need any adhesives
- They improve appearance, comfort, and speech
- It’s easier to eat