Dental Implants: A Quick Review About These Posts

When you talk about dental implants in Ankeny, IA, when you think about them, and when you consider them as your tooth replacement that’s going to make your smile whole again, what are you visualizing? Are you imagining the entirety of your tooth as being replaced? Or, are you thinking strictly about the titanium posts that replace your roots? If you’re using the term implant, we’d like to remind you of what this is, what’s so great about it, and more.

What’s An Implant?

What a dental implant is not is anything to do with traditional support for your missing teeth replacement. Let’s begin there. It’s not something that we will place on your teeth or right over your gums to replace the part of your teeth that you can see. Instead, the implant is a post. It’s just a titanium post that will replace your roots that you’re missing. Along with your jaw tissue, it’s going to undergo a process that’s called osseointegration. It means that your bone tissue and the post will bond, becoming one unit!

How Do They Replace My Entire Tooth?

A dental implant post is placed into your jaw tissue, where it stands on its own and will, in the future, provide support to something called a restoration. A restoration is the prosthetic replacing the part of your tooth that you see when you look in the mirror (your tooth’s crown).

What’s So Great About Them?

That’s a very long list. However, if we stick to just talking about the dental implants themselves (the posts), we can quickly run through some benefits:

  • They’re straight posts that will rely on nothing but the support of your jaw tissue and your gums. As a result, they won’t cause any damage to nearby teeth, rely on tissue that can become damaged (like nearby teeth), or irritate any part of your smile.
  • Since they’ll reside within jaw tissue (that they will bond to), your implant posts provide exceptionally strong support for restorations (which means no slipping, etc.).

Talk Implants Over With Our Team Soon

If you think implants may be something you’re interested in for your smile, we invite you to come on in to talk about them! Visit us for a dental checkup in Ankeny, IA by contacting Dental Impressions to schedule a visit at (515) 965-0230.