What Are Dental Implants
Dental implants are not exactly a new technology, but their popularity has increased in recent years because of their ability to restore oral health while simultaneously providing a beautiful, natural-looking smile that is also permanent. This page will explain what they do and how they work.
The Anatomy of Dental Implants
Dental Implants 101: The Post
The post is a medical-grade titanium screw that serves as a root for your new teeth. The advantages of medical-grade titanium are that it doesn’t corrode and it has properties that help it fuse permanently with human bones. As an added bonus, modern dental implants now only require four posts to restore an entire arch.
Dental Implants 101: The Crown
The crown is the part of the tooth that you can see. It’s usually made of porcelain and is also fully customizable so you can design your perfect new smile. It’s also strong enough to allow you to bite into an apple or an ear of corn.
Dental Implants 101: The Abutment
The abutment is what holds the post and crown together. The connection created by the abutment reinforces the post and crown, making them even stronger and permanent (but removable by a doctor). The best part is that these begin supporting your new teeth the same day as your surgery.
Dental Implant Video
Dental Implant FAQ’s
Get answers to common questions about dental implants. See our Dental Implant FAQ’s. As you explore your options, it is important to keep in mind that this is a lifetime investment, so quality treatment should largely outweigh any minor differences in price. We would be happy to see you for an examination to determine if you are a good candidate for implant placement. We will review your medical history and go over treatment options and explain the stages of the process. We do refer out to local dentist to complete the surgery portion of the procedure. The restorative portion of the appointment where a crown is loaded onto your implant would be completed by our doctors here at Sherwood Dental.