Losing a tooth can be devastating for an adult dental patient. The resulting hole in the patient’s smile is glaringly obvious, and over time, the patient’s entire smile can become destabilized due to one missing tooth.
The good news is that our West Bloomfield dental implant dentists craft customized replacement teeth to help these patients smile confidently again. Keep reading to learn more about how dental implants are constructed.
The thing that sets dental implants apart from other replacement teeth is the simple fact that these teeth are anchored in the patient’s jawbone. The base of every dental implant is a titanium post or screw, which essentially serves as the replacement tooth root. Over time, the titanium root actually bonds with the patient’s natural bone tissue, in order to form a stable, and health-supporting foundation.
The visible part of the dental implant is the restoration. This part of the implant looks like a natural tooth, and is customized to blend with the patients surrounding smile. A dental implant restoration is strong enough to hold up to the wear and tear of daily life. You won’t have to limit your diet, or change your oral hygiene routine, in order to live with a dental implant in place.
There is an additional small piece called the abutment, that attaches the implant restoration to the implant root. The abutment forms a stable connection between these two pieces, while simultaneously allowing for enough “give” or movement to keep the replacement tooth from fracturing under pressure.
Dental implants are truly the most advanced replacement teeth available in dentistry today. If you want to learn more about any of your tooth replacement options, including dental implants, please feel free to contact our West Bloomfield dental implant dentists to schedule a consultation. We look forward to speaking with you!