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By S. Clint Hudson DMD, MD, LLC
October 29, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Dental implants are an advanced and elegant method of replacing missing or severely damaged teeth. This comparatively new technology finally provides a better alternative to dentures, avoiding many of the complications and discomforts. This article will explain the technology, the conditions it treats, and help you decide if dental implants are the best choice for you. Dental Implants

The visible part of a tooth is called the ‘crown’, which is secured into the jaw by its root- the part below the gum. If the root is present and healthy, but the top is damaged or decayed, then a new crown can be made and cemented on to the living root. However, when the root is missing or too severely damaged, it is now possible to place an artificial root made of a biocompatible metal- a dental implant. The implant provides the foundation for a new crown, which is custom-made in a lab to match the rest of your teeth in color and fit. Dental implants aren’t just for single tooth replacements- they are a highly flexible solution and can be used multiple times in the mouth for teeth in different areas, to secure bridges, or even to anchor full sets of dentures. 

Implant and crown placement is a set of minor surgical procedures requiring two or three office visits to your dentist. Local anesthesia is generally used, although sedation options are available to suit patients’ needs. During the first visit, impressions of the mouth are taken and sent off to a lab to create a custom crown, designed to seamlessly match the other teeth. The implant is then placed into the jaw bone. It takes several months after placement for the implant to heal properly- the bone actually grows in around the implant, securing it firmly in place in a process called osseointegration. After the healing period, the implant is re-exposed and the crown is attached to the implanted post. Sometimes a follow-up appointment is necessary to ensure healing continues and the crown is satisfactory. 
Constant pressure from dentures can weaken the jaw and cause bone to recede, but the new bone growth stimulated by dental implants helps keep your jaw strong and healthy. With good care, implants provide a solid foundation that can last a lifetime!

Combined with today’s state-of-the-art crown manufacturing technology, implants provide a solution that both looks and feels entirely natural. Not everyone is a candidate for dental implants, but in the eligible population the success rate is over 95%. If you need teeth replaced or a better anchor for dentures, dental implants could be your best option, both for comfort and cosmetic satisfaction.

To take the first step towards reclaiming your true smile, contact Dr. S. Clint Hudson today! Call (256) 533-1282 for expert service in the Huntsville, AL area!