Dental implants are a remarkable innovation that has made tooth replacement possible for millions of people. One of the benefits that our Durham, NC patients appreciate is that a dental implant can last a lifetime when cared for correctly.
Let’s take a quick look at how dental implants work.
A dental implant is a tiny titanium screw that is surgically placed in your jaw and allowed to heal so it can fuse with the bone and tissue in your jaw.
After it heals, we'll add a tooth replacement like a dental crown, bridge, or denture to restore function, but the star of the show is the dental implant in your jaw that holds the restoration securely in place.
Since the restoration needs the stability of the dental implant to stabilize it, your jaw bone must remain strong and healthy. Periodontal disease is the greatest threat to your dental implant because it’s an infection that attacks the bones and structures that support it. If the foundation for the implant—your jawbone—starts to break down due to gum disease, the implant loses its support and may need to be removed.
When one of our patients at The Smile Shop is considering dental implants, we spend time talking to them about the lifelong commitment that’s involved. Brushing and flossing conscientiously are essential, and you must also stay current with your twice-yearly dental exams and teeth cleaning appointments.
When you see our Durham, NC dental implants dentist at regular intervals, they can monitor the health of your teeth and gums and stop cavities and gum disease in their tracks.
Please call The Smile Shop if you have questions about dental implants or the other tooth replacements we offer.