Dental implants are a permanent solution to replace missing teeth, offering patients many benefits as a tooth replacement option. Implants help to preserve the bone in your jaw, promoting overall oral and general health. Many complications associated with traditional methods of tooth replacement are a nonissue with dental implants.
How Dental Implants Work
Implants work and appear like your natural tooth. They are stable, permanent, and help to maintain your jaw health with less complications. Call our office in Fort Walton Beach, FL today to schedule a dental implant exam with Dr. J. Brent Bartruff!
If you are considering dental implants as a solution for your missing teeth, we feel it is important for you to have a basic understanding of how they work, and why they are often the most effective option.
Dr. Bartruff uses Straunmann dental implants, which are composed of three parts: the implant, the abutment, and the crown. The implant is the first piece used in the procedure to replace missing teeth. The implant is surgically placed into the jaw bone. It is composed of titanium, which is biocompatible, allowing the bone and implant to fuse.
After the implant is fully integrated into the jaw bone, the abutment is placed over the exposed portion of the implant, just above the gum line. The crown is then fitted over the abutment. The crown is the piece that resembles your natural tooth.
Traditional procedures to replace missing teeth, such as dental bridges or dentures, often pose complications. Dental bridges can make healthy teeth more vulnerable to damage, and dentures can exacerbate bone loss in the jaw. Dental implants solve all of these problems! The crown of a dental implant relies on the titanium implant for support and not the surrounding teeth like a dental bridge. Implant fusion with the jaw bone mimics a natural tooth and root system, stimulating the bone and preventing further bone loss.
There are over 50 years of science and research behind dental implants supporting their success as a solution for replacing missing teeth. In many cases, dental implants are the most favorable long term solution for missing teeth. Call Dr. Bartruff today to see if dental implants in Fort Walton Beach, FL are right for you!