What Are Dental Implants?

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What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a common and effective option for replacing diseased or missing teeth, but you might not be familiar with how they work. If you’re thinking of having one or more teeth replaced, here's what you need to know about dental implants and whether they're the right choice for you.

How Do Dental Implants Work?

The implant is a replacement for the root of the tooth, and is anchored directly to the jawbone. Then a realistic crown is attached to the implant, blending in with your natural teeth.

Your teeth exert pressure on your jawbone which helps maintain bone strength and density. When an implant is first placed in the jawbone, the bone around the implant heals and grows, holding it in place. This allows the implant crown to apply the same pressure to the jawbone that natural teeth do, keeping your jaw strong and healthy.

Do I Need Dental Implants?

Dental implants can replace one or more missing teeth, or work in combination with dentures. A bridge of false teeth secured with implants won't disturb the healthy teeth next to them. It will also evenly distribute pressure from chewing along the jawbone to avoid bone deterioration.

Implant-supported dentures are anchored to the jaw with a series of implants, instead of the dentures resting on the gums. Your jaw will stay strong, and foods that can dislodge conventional dentures won't affect implant-supported dentures.

Some conditions or diseases, like types of gum disease, can interfere with the effectiveness of dental implants. Schedule an appointment with Great Plains OMS, and we'll help determine if dental implants are the best option for your oral health needs.


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