Dental Implants 101 in Montgomery, AL

Basics of a Dental Implant  

Dental implants are favorable to most other tooth replacement options because they are more comfortable and help to promote better oral health. Whereas dentures and fixed bridges can be uncomfortable and damage the facial structure, dental implants both look and feel natural while stimulating bone growth. They also have a longer lifespan. Patients who received implants over 20 years ago continue to report optimum functionality.

Dental implants are basically just titanium screws that are covered by a natural looking dental crown. First, a titanium post is surgically placed in the jawbone and allowed to naturally fuse with the bone tissue. Once the metal and bone have fused together, a tiny abutment is put over the implant and then covered by a dental crown. This is how dental implants are able to both look and feel like natural teeth.

Traditionally, patients with missing teeth were forced to choose either partial dentures of a fixed bridge implant. These treatments often come with complications, however. For example, dentures made from acrylic or plastic are not compatible with the body and can cause irritation in the gums. Fixed bridges can damage otherwise healthy teeth by requiring that they be ground down and fitted with caps to be used as anchors. Dental implants, however, are completely self-sufficient and compatible with the body. Because they are placed within the jawbone, dental implants are able to stimulate and promote growth.

Caring for and maintaining your dental implants is the same as with natural teeth. You just need to provide regular maintenance. Daily brushing and flossing as well as regular visits to the dentist will keep your dental implants in top shape. With proper care and basic hygiene, your dental implants can last a lifetime. For more information on dental implants in Montgomery, AL, contact the offices of Dr. Davis Yarbrough and schedule a consultation today.

Dr. L. Wayne Yarbrough, located in Montgomery, AL, is a Periodontist serving patients from central Alabama including Prattville, AL, Selma, AL, and Troy, AL. We are looking forward to welcoming you to our office and encourage you to schedule your appointment today!

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