What Are Dental Implants?
The top part of a tooth, called the crown, is supported by its lower region, known as the root. A tooth’s root extends underneath the gums and rests in a socket within your jawbone. When a tooth is lost, the missing root means less stimulation to your jawbone when you bite and chew, which can result in the gradual deterioration of your jawbone structure.
Dental implants are prosthetic roots, usually crafted from titanium, that are surgically inserted into the jawbone in place of your missing teeth roots. Depending on the extent of your tooth loss, Dr. Browne can suggest one or several implants to support your prosthetic tooth replacement for improved comfort and function.
A New Smile with Dental Implants
Supporting your dental prosthetic on one or more dental implants is the closest way to mimic nature’s design for your teeth. Consisting of a root-and-crown structure, just like natural teeth, an implant-supported prosthetic offers several benefits, including;
- Reduced pressure on your remaining teeth and the rest of your oral structures.
- More tooth preservation by eliminating the need to modify teeth to support a dental bridge.
- The preservation of your jawbone by helping it maintain a healthy flow of nutrients.
- No loose replacement teeth
- Easier replacement of the implant restoration (i.e., crown, bridge, or denture) if it becomes worn down.
- Improved bite function through improved support.
- And more
Am I a Candidate?
After your implants are surgically placed, healing should take between 4-6 months, during which time the jawbone will fuse to the implant posts. For successful placement, you should have an adequate amount of jawbone for support. If necessary, Dr. Browne may advise a bone grafting procedure to increase your jawbone’s density. If you exhibit tooth decay, gum disease, or other existing dental issues, then you may require prerequisite treatment to restore your good oral health before your implants can be placed.
Give Your Smile the Gift of Dental Implants
Dental implants don’t just make your replacement teeth look better; they also improve your long-term oral health by strengthening your jawbone and reducing your risks of future tooth loss. To find out if you qualify for dental implants, schedule an appointment by calling Dr. Browne’s dental office in Prairie Village, KS, today at (913) 901-8585. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Leawood, Mission Hills, Lenxa, Kansas City, Olathe, and all surrounding communities.