Dental Implants in Conway, SC
Tooth loss was never something that you expected to have happened to you, but now that you’re dealing with it the only way to correct it is to turn to our Conway, SC, dentists here at Grand Strand Dentistry for a replacement tooth. While there are many options on the market today, many adults are turning to dental implants to restore their smiles because they offer a natural-looking and long-lasting artificial tooth that can’t be
The Magic Behind How Dental Implants Work
A dental implant is a small metal restoration that is designed to take the place of one or more missing teeth. An implant is made up of three different parts,
- A metal post
- An abutment
- The false tooth (aka a dental crown)
The metal post is the part of the implant that is placed within the jawbone to function just like tooth roots. It even provides the jawbone with the same stimulation it gets from natural tooth roots to prevent bone loss (a serious complication of tooth loss).
The Implant’s Been Placed. Now What?
Once the implant is surgically placed in the jawbone, we will need to give the area several months to heal before taking the next step. During the healing process, an amazing phenomenon known as osseointegration occurs. This is when the bone fuses together naturally with the implant to become one. The implant’s biocompatible metal is to be thanked for its ability to fuse together with natural bone and tissue. Once this occurs, the implant is now a permanent part of the jawbone.
The Finishing Touches of Your Implant
The next step will be to place the abutment, a structure that serves to secure the dental crown on top of the implant. This will require another minor surgery so that we can open up the gums and attach the abutment on top of the implant. After several more weeks of healing, you’ll come back into our office so that we can cement or secure the permanent dental crown on top of the abutment.
Grand Strand Dentistry is focused on providing the ultimate dental experience to patients living in Conway, SC. Our family-oriented dental practice is here to make sure that you get the ideal tooth replacement to fit your needs. To find out if implants are right for you, call us at (843) 347-4190.