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  • Writer's pictureDr Bebeau

How Do Dental Implants Stay In Place?

Dental implants are a permanent form of tooth replacement that are growing in popularity. Thanks to recent medical advances in the past five years, they’re even more reliable than ever. Dental implants provide patients with natural looking teeth that will last for years with proper care.

Many people wonder how dental implants stay in place, even when eating or speaking. Surprisingly, the science behind dental implants staying in place is relatively simple. If you’d like to get a better understanding of dental implants, Dr. Bebeau at Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon of Phoenix can answer all of your questions.

What Are Dental Implants?

A traditional dental implant is a small titanium screw that is surgically inserted into the jawbone to act as the new tooth root. This part of the implant is not visible because it rests beneath the gum tissue. The middle part of the implant, called the abutment, connects the titanium implant to a crown. The crown is the natural-looking portion of the tooth that you will see.

Not everyone is a good candidate for dental implants. Your jaw must have enough bone density to hold the implanted titanium screw in order for the procedure to be successful. In many cases, bone grafting may be required if there has been bone loss in the area where an implant is needed.

How Do Dental Implants Stay in Place?

Because dental implants are physically screwed into the jawbone, they aren’t going anywhere. While there is a chance that unexpected oral trauma could damage the crown portion of the implant, the part of the implant that is set within your jawbone will remain intact and will not move out of place. If there is any damage to the crown, it can easily be repaired or replaced without any need to alter the rest of the implant.

Benefits of Dental Implants

It may be daunting to consider such a permanent form of tooth replacement, especially given the recovery time associated with surgical procedures. However, there are many benefits to choosing a permanent tooth replacement option over temporary replacements like dentures.

Dental implants have many different benefits, including:

  • A natural look and feel

  • Allowing you to eat, drink, and speak normally

  • Low maintenance cleaning (same hygiene routine as natural teeth)

  • Preserving facial structure and aesthetics

Interested in Getting Dental Implants? Contact Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery of Phoenix Today!

If you’re considering getting dental implants, one of the most important things you can do is find a Board-Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon who specializes in this procedure. Contact us to learn more about All-on-4 dental implants for patients in the Scottsdale and Phoenix area, and give yourself a reason to smile.


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