About Dental Implants
A dental implant serves as a prosthetic tooth when replacing a single tooth. It consists of three basic parts which together mimic the natural tooth structure. One of the key elements of a dental implant is the implanted titanium post which effectively replaces the lost tooth root. This is beneficial in several ways:
- Stabilizes bone tissue in the jaw and reduces loss
- Maintains the shape and appearance of the jaw
- Supports a permanently secured dental crown for normal function
When used to secure a denture, the implanted post is attached to key points on the denture to hold it in place while also stimulating healthy bone growth in the jaw after losing a full arch of teeth.
Dental Implant Procedure
Placing dental implants is a multi step process. The integrity of your result is highly dependent on the treatment planning and optimal healing of tissues between stages.
Dr. Hughes will meet with you to create a personalized plan of treatment that takes into account your oral health and cosmetic needs. We will coordinate the surgical placement of the post with a local oral surgeon and follow up to ensure proper healing.
Once the gum tissues and bone have healed completely, which typically takes 3-6 months, the “connector”, or abutment, will be attached and impressions will be taken for your dental crown. In many cases, a temporary crown can be placed to enable you to get used to your new implant and resume a normal diet if it has been adjusted or restricted.
Dr. Hughes will place and permanently attach your final dental crown in our Louisville dentist office, sending you home with a beautiful new smile.
Why Choose Dental Implants
Dr. Hughes recommends dental implants whenever appropriate for several key reasons:
- Patients enjoy an over 95% success rate
- Reduces bone loss in the jaw
- Does not require degradation of adjoining teeth for securing a bridge
- No need for continued daily maintenance
- Allows normal dietary habits and speech
Although dental implants require an investment of both time and money up front, most patients agree that the long term benefits and overall comfort of their restoration outweigh these costs.