Dental Implants: EVERYTHING you need to know

February 27, 2020

Are you searching for a natural-looking, permanent replacement for lost teeth? Dental implants might be the perfect “fit” for you!

Dental implants are quite fascinating, actually. The base of a dental implant functions as an artificial tooth root, similar to a screw. It bonds to your jawbone and holds a false tooth in place, allowing your artificial tooth to perform just like a natural one.

To better understand dental implants, let’s start with a look at their structure and key components.

    1. Implant –The implant is a titanium post similar to a screw that is surgically embedded into the patient’s jawbone and functions as the “root” for the crown.
    2. Abutment – The abutment is a tiny metal piece that attaches to the implant and secures the crown.
    3. Crown – The crown is a ceramic, natural-looking false tooth.

Now, you’re probably wondering…

What is the procedure like?

Installing a dental implant requires oral surgery, but there’s no need to fear! Your dentist will talk you through the best ways to prepare for it and review all of your pain-management options. You won’t need to put your life “on hold” for more than a day or two—and in the end it will certainly be worth it because you’ll have the natural-looking smile you’ve always wanted!

During the actual surgery, your dentist will remove the damaged tooth (if necessary) and anchor the titanium implant to your jawbone. This will become the permanent foundation for your new false tooth.

Within a few weeks (or once your implant has healed properly), you’ll be ready for the next step in the process. During this procedure, your dentist will affix the crown (false tooth) to your implant using an abutment. Once finished, your dental implant will look and perform just like a natural tooth!

How do I care for my dental implants?

Once the dental implant has healed, you’ll care for it the same way you care for your other teeth including frequent brushing, flossing and visits to your dentist. Take good care of it and it should last a lifetime!

How do I know if dental implants are for me?

An in-person consultation will help you best understand your tooth replacement options as well as address any other questions you might have. Give yourself the gift of a great smile today!

Schedule an appointment with one of Masci & Hale’s leading cosmetic dentists today. Contact us at (845) 457-5763 or