How Do Dental Implants Work?
Find out more about what getting dental implants involves and how they replace teeth.
Getting dental implants from your St. Petersburg, FL dentist, Dr. Rosemarie Márquez, can offer a variety of benefits. Of course, you’ll want to find out more about getting dental implants and how they function before you decide if this is the best treatment option for you.
Dental implants can be used to replace one or more missing permanent teeth. The entire procedure is performed under local anesthesia, so you won’t feel anything. Your St. Petersburg dentist will then drill a small hole into the jawbone to place your implant. The purpose of an implant is to become a tooth root for your new restoration. Once the implant is placed into the jawbone, its job is to attach with the jawbone. Implants are the best way to replace missing teeth. It is the only tooth replacement option that functions like a natural tooth.
A dental implant is made up of three different parts:
- The implant: Typically made from titanium, this is the part that is placed into the jawbone.
- The abutment: This part can be made from gold, porcelain, or titanium and attaches to the top of the implant with a screw. It looks similar to a tooth that has been prepared for a dental crown.
- The dental restoration: When it comes to a single implant this is usually topped with a dental crown. The crown can be made from metal or porcelain and is either screwed in or cemented onto the abutment. If you are looking to replace multiple teeth or all of your teeth, several implants can be placed to hold a dental bridge or dentures in place.
If you are ready to take the plunge to get implants, it’s time you scheduled an initial consultation with Dr. Rosemarie Márquez, your St. Petersburg, FL dentist, today. Let’s get you a new and improved smile.