If you have lost one or more teeth, our dentists may recommend dental implants as an option for restoring your smile. A dental implant is a permanent tooth replacement designed to look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth. Dental implants consist of three main parts:
• The implant post is a small, screw-like post that is surgically inserted in the jawbone. Typically made of biocompatible titanium, the post replaces the missing tooth root. During a period of healing, the bone tissues bond with the post in a process called osseointegration, forming a strong foundation for your replacement tooth.
• The abutment is a small attachment piece that is placed on top of the implant post.
• The implant restoration is then attached to the abutment. The restoration replaces the portion of the tooth that is visible above the gums (the crown). Depending on which teeth are missing, your implant restoration may be a dental crown, a bridge, a partial denture, or a complete denture.
The entire implant process usually requires a few months. When your implant is complete, it will beautifully restore your smile, improving your oral health, functionality, and appearance. To discover whether dental implants in Bowling Green, Kentucky, are right for you and to schedule your implant consultation with Drs. Brenda, Gary, and Andy Walden, we invite you to contact us today at Family Dental Care.