By Sood Family Dental
April 05, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Thanks to dental implants, it's now possible to replace an entire missing tooth. Shelby, MI, dentist Dr. Shikha Sood of Sood Family Dental dental implantsexplains what you can expect when you receive an implant.

What is a dental implant?

Dental implants replace tooth roots, yet look nothing like your natural tooth roots. They consist of small posts that fit in an opening made in your jawbone. Implants are eventually connected to a crown, a porcelain restoration that replaces your missing tooth above the gum line.

What happens during the implant process?

Other types of dental restorations, such as dentures, can shift or wobble, because they only rest on your gums. Because your new crown is actually attached to a replacement root, shifting isn't a problem.

Dental implants are made of titanium, a lightweight metal that has a unique capability. Once the titanium implant is placed in your jawbone, it begins to bond to the bone during a process called osseointegration. The osseointegration process usually takes about three to six months. When it's complete, your dental implants are just as strong and secure as your natural tooth roots.

In some cases, it may be possible to add a crown to your implant as soon as it's in place. In other cases, particularly if the implant will replace a molar or a pre-molar, you'll need to wait for osseointegration to finish before you receive your crown. Once we're satisfied that your implant is securely bonded to your jaw, we'll add an abutment to it in our Shelby office. The abutment is a screw-like connector that attaches the implant to the crown. At this point, we'll also make an impression of your mouth that will be used to create your crown. You'll return to the office in a few weeks when the crown is ready.

How do I care for dental implants?

Even though your new tooth is artificial, it's still important to keep it clean. If you don't remove plaque regularly from the base of the implant, you can develop an infection that can result in the loss of the implant. Fortunately, this complication is easily avoided simply by brushing and flossing daily.

Would you like to find out if you're a good candidate for dental implants? Call Shelby, MI, dentist Dr. Shikha Sood of Sood Family Dental at (586) 207-1471 to schedule an appointment.

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Dentist in Shelby Township, MI
Sood Family Dental
56732 Van Dyke Avenue
Shelby Township, MI 48316
(586) 207-1471
 

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