Dental implants are helping more and more patients live healthy and full lives even after tooth loss. But how exactly do these innovative replacement teeth work? Today our Orland Park dental implant dentists are answering your questions about dental implant treatment and maintenance. Read on to get more information!
Q: I heard that dental implants are actually inserted into the jawbone. Is this true? How is this possible?
A: That’s correct, dental implants are embedded in the jawbone—this is actually one of the major benefits of dental implants over replacement teeth. The dental implant root—which is a medical-grade titanium screw—is surgically implanted into the jawbone where the tooth root used to sit.
Q: What does a dental implant do that a bridge doesn’t?
A: Because dental implants are embedded in bone tissue (while bridges are not) they actually help keep your mouth healthy! When a patient loses a tooth, he or she will begin to lose bone density, starting in the spot where the tooth root used sit. Dental implants hold bone tissue and existing teeth in place.
A: How long does dental implant treatment take?
Q: Dental implant placement is a multi-phased process. First our dental team will surgically insert the titanium implant root into your jawbone. Then the implant root is left to heal for a few months. Once the jawbone is healed and the implant root is stable, we cap the titanium screw with a natural-looking restoration. The entire process takes several months from start to finish.
Do you have more questions about dental implant treatment? You can find more information on our dental implants page and by downloading our dental implant information packet. And don’t forget, our Tinley Park dental implant dentists can walk you through the process. Just give us a call to schedule your personal consultation!