A dentist implants a dental implant into the bone where a tooth once was during dental implant surgery. The purpose of this procedure is to provide a secure base for a dental restoration but dental implants have other benefits. When you lose a tooth it needs to be replaced or a number of problems can occur. A lost tooth can cause the adjacent teeth to shift inwards and this can cause orthodontic problems. A missing tooth can also cause bone loss in that area and this can be even more problematic for your future health.
During the surgery the dentist implants the titanium dental implant into the bone. The implant is rather small and looks a little like a screw. It's made of titanium because the metal bonds well with human bone. The bond it creates ensures that the dental restoration will be secure and also is what prevents bone loss from happening. A healing period is allowed before the restoration is placed on the implant so that the implant isn't stressed too early before it has the chance to grow stronger.
If you need implant supported dentures a dentist implants several implants. Using several implants allows for a stronger hold that evenly distributes the forces to the implants and also prevents bone loss in a wide area. Mini implants are often used for dental implant supported dentures because they are cheaper, easier to place and can be used with retro-fitted dentures. If you are using regular dental implants you must have new dentures made.
The best thing to do if you are interested in learning more about how a dentist implants a dental implant is to schedule a dental implant consultation with our implant dentist. This helps estimate your particular situation and what is needed to help you restore your teeth and smile. After a personal treatment plan is made, you can then plan the dental implant financing since you know what the dental implant cost will be. If you are interested in dental implants and would like to schedule a free dental implant consultation with Atlanta Implant Dentist, Dr. Mark Padolsky, call 404-874-7428 for your appointment.