At Dream Smiles Dental, dental implants are a permanent and stable solution for missing teeth. They consist of biocompatible titanium post-surgically inserted into the jawbone. This post acts as an artificial tooth root, helping to provide the necessary stimulation to the jawbone. Once the post is fused with the jawbone, it can then be used to anchor a dental crown, bridge, or dentures. Since implants are embedded directly into the jawbone, they allow the jaw to maintain its structure. When teeth are missing for an extended period, the bone deteriorates, and the facial muscles begin to sag. Implants prevent these problems by stimulating the jaw and preventing bone loss. Dental implants look and function like your natural teeth so that you can enjoy a large variety of foods again!
The Procedure for Dental Implants
First, your dentist will numb the area that will receive the implant. Then, they will drill a small hole into the jawbone. They will then place an anchor into the hole and secure it using a particular type of glue or cement. Once the anchor is in place, the dentist can place the titanium implant over the bone and the anchor. The dental implant will then be left to heal so the bone can grow around it. Over the next three to six months, the bone will fuse with the implant to create a strong foundation for the replacement tooth. Once this process is complete, the dentist will remove the gum and add an abutment. This will be the piece that connects the implant to the replacement teeth. They will create and place your custom crown on the abutment to complete the process.
For the best dentist in Georgetown TX or to learn more about our dental services, visit Dream Smiles Dental at 1950 S. Austin Ave., Georgetown 78626, or call (512) 863-2303.