Because of their fantastically high success rate (around 95%), dental implants have quickly become one of the most preferred tooth replacement options for many of our patients. In fact, many doctors in Texas and beyond highly recommend dental implants to better repair a healthy smile and improve patient confidence. Read on to discover more about the specific parts of dental implants, what they are made of, and how to prepare for the placement procedure.
Many patients with missing teeth have a sunken facial appearance and premature wrinkles around the mouth. This can result in the patient looking years older than they actually are. But dental implants can help. In just a few short office visits with Dr. Zingalis, we can help restore face shape, improve the tone of the jaw muscle, allow patients to chew better, improve speech, and let patients smile with confidence again. And most importantly, dental implants are the only permanent tooth replacement option that can stop jawbone deterioration.
Although they may seem complicated, dental implants are actually comprised of only three simple pieces: 1) a root piece (called a fixture), 2) a middle piece (called an abutment), and 3) a top piece (called a crown).
Here is a bit more detail about how each of these pieces works:
1) The fixture is a titanium piece inserted directly into the jawbone. Titanium is used because there is less chance of the material being rejected by your body. During the healing process, new bone grows into and fuses with the fixture. When it is completely healed, the fixture becomes the permanent foundation for the entire dental implant.
2) The abutment is the piece of the dental implant between the new replacement tooth and the bottom piece of the implant. It is also a part of the strong foundation that makes up the dental implant. The abutment is usually made of titanium too.
3) The crown is the final part of the implant placed, and is designed to look, feel, and function just like a natural tooth. This piece is usually made of porcelain because it looks and feels most like the surface of a natural tooth. Once this piece is placed and healed, patients can smile, chew, and speak with confidence once more.
We recommend that patients prepare themselves by practicing good oral hygiene first and foremost. This means brushing, flossing, and seeing your dentist regularly for check-ups. Patients can also prepare themselves by eating a well-balanced diet, drinking lots of water, limiting sugar intake, reducing alcohol, and avoiding tobacco products. These practices can improve your healing, strengthen your mouth, and increase your chances of dental implant success.
With high success rates and an easy placement process, patients have no reason to delay getting dental implants for one more day. If you live in the San Antonio, TX area and want to know more about the dental implants process or how to pay for your implants, please feel free to peruse the rest of our Dental Implants InfoSite or speak to one of our helpful staff members today. Then, let Dr. Zingalis help you smile once more with dental implants.