What is a dental implant?

If you have lost one or more teeth, a dental implant may be the solution you need to restore your smile to its full potential. A dental implant is a permanent tooth replacement that, when complete, replaces both the root and crown of the missing tooth. The dental implant post is first surgically placed into the jawbone in place of the missing tooth root. Because dental implants are typically made of biocompatible titanium, the bone tissue bonds with the implant to form a strong foundation for the replacement tooth. After a period of healing, which usually lasts a few months, our dentist places the dental implant restoration. This replaces the crown of the tooth, which is the portion visible above the gums. Based on which teeth are missing, Dr. Susan A. Vanstone may recommend a dental crown, a partial denture, a dental bridge, or a complete denture as your implant restoration. Each restoration is custom made to fit your smile precisely, providing a comfortable, effective, and natural-looking restoration.

What are the benefits of a dental implant?

Dental implants hold many benefits. They are very versatile and can be used to replace either a single missing tooth or several missing teeth. In addition, dental implants do not require adjustments to the adjacent healthy teeth. With proper care, your dental implants in Richmond, Kentucky, can last a lifetime. For more information about dental implants and their advantages, we invite you to contact us at Great Grins today.