Your teeth are a critical feature of your mouth, performing several important functions every day. They aid in the first stages of digestion, breaking down your food so that your body can easily absorb the nutrients. They control your airflow when you speak, allowing you to form specific words and sounds. They provide you with a beautiful and confident smile. They even help to maintain the health of your jawbone. When you lose your teeth, all of these functions are affected. At Newport Dental Group, we can help to restore missing teeth with dental implants.
Dental implants are the latest option for replacing missing teeth. They consist of small titanium rods, which are surgically inserted into your jawbone. Implants rely on a process known as osseointegration (the fusion of your jawbone to the rods). Successful osseointegration turns the titanium rods into strong, stable “roots.” Other components of implants consist of the abutments, or connectors (which are placed on top of the exposed ends of the implants), and your replacement teeth, which are made from ceramic. All of these components work together to provide you with a brand-new, beautiful, fully-functional smile.
Dental implants are highly customizable. There are several types of dental implants, which can be designed to fit a variety of different needs:
Implants require a surgical procedure.
Healing can take up to several months, depending on how many implants are placed. During this time, we monitor your progress, making sure that your jawbone is fusing properly with the implants. Once you have completely healed, we then begin the process of making your permanent replacement teeth. Abutments are placed on your implants, and impressions are taken. These impressions are sent to a lab, where your custom teeth are designed and created. When they are ready, we screw them into place on your implants.
Dental implants offer several benefits: