What Are Dental Implants?

implantrestore1At Angell’s Dentistry, dental implant restoration is one of a number of types of tooth replacement that Dr. Douglas Angell provides for patients. The use of dental implants is one of the biggest advances in dentistry in the past 40 years.

Implants are an effective and increasingly popular way to replace one or more missing teeth. U.S. dentists place more than 5.5 million implants annually.

A dental implant is a screw or cylinder-type device made of a strong, lightweight material, usually titanium, that is surgically implanted into the jaw. By using a bone coating on the titanium–which biochemically joins to bone–to replace the root, you get a bond that more accurately replicates the one found in nature. This provides a sturdy anchor for artificial replacement teeth, or crowns. Implants can be used for single teeth, bridges and dentures.

Implants are typically done in three steps:

  • First, a dentist or oral surgeon will surgically place the implant into your jaw bone.
  • Second, the implant and jaw bone are allowed to bond together over about a three-month period. During this healing process, called osseointegration, the bone actually grows around the implant and firmly holds it in place.
  • Third, when the area for treatment is ready, a small metal cylinder called an abutment is screwed on top of the implant. A permanent crown is created based on size, shape, color and fit, and put in place on the abutment. The crown is designed to blend in with your other teeth and function like any other natural tooth.

Angell’s Dentistry is committed to providing each of our patients with a beautiful, healthy smile and unmatched dental care. If you would like to know more about dental implants, Dr. Douglas Angell and our staff will be happy to answer your questions. Just give our office a call and be sure to visit our website at: www.angellsdentistry.com.

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