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What are Dental Implants and How Do They Work?

If you have missing teeth, there are many options to help restore the function and appearance of your smile. Dental implants can be part of your restoration process by providing a stable foundation for your prosthetic replacement teeth. Every patient’s journey to a better smile looks different, so our team at Hamilton Family Dentistry can help guide you through the consultation process. Implants can be helpful for many patients with tooth loss. 

Getting to Know Dental Implants and How They Work

Dental implants can provide the support needed for your replacement teeth. Essentially, dental implants are titanium screws placed at the root of your tooth and are used to keep your replacement teeth secured to your jawbone. A strong connection is essential to restore the function of your smile long-term. Implants are an alternative for using the surrounding teeth for support, which can cause them to become weak. 

The Benefits of Dental Implants

  • Provide the Strongest Support Possible for Your Replacement Teeth–Modern technology has allowed us to use the strength of titanium to make replacement teeth secure and durable. 
  • Support Your Replacement Teeth Invisibly–Implants are hidden beneath your replacement teeth, so they are not noticeable at all. They are also comfortably placed, so you will not feel them either. 
  • Improve the Appearance of Your Smile–Filling in the missing teeth will dramatically improve your smile. Your smile will look natural and beautiful by using a convincing prosthetic tooth and a hidden implant. 
  • Support Bone Health and Growth–Implants play an important role in replacing the lost roots, preventing your jawbone from atrophy. Your bone mass can decrease over time without an implant acting in place of the missing root. During healing, your jawbone will accept the implant placed on a natural root with a process called osseointegration.  
  • Enjoy a Long-Lasting Solution–Dental implants can generally last a lifetime. The prosthetic tooth is not impervious to damage and wear, so it could need replacement after 10-15 years, but your dental implant can stay put during that repair. 

If you still have more questions about dental implants, such as “What is the average cost of dental implants?” or “How do I know if dental implants are a good fit for me?”, our dental staff would be happy to answer all of your questions during your consultation. Schedule your visit to Hamilton Family Dentistry today!