A dental implant is a permanent tooth replacement that looks, feels and functions like a natural tooth, and they’re available from Falls Pointe Dental in Raleigh. Are they worth the investment? Absolutely!
The actual dental implant is a metal post (usually titanium) that is surgically inserted into the jaw bone. The post replaces the root of the missing tooth. It fuses with the bone to provide a stable foundation. This is important, because the root replacement post helps prevent jaw bone deterioration that frequently occurs after a tooth has been lost.
When the implant has fused securely with the bone (it can take up to six months), a smaller post is attached. This extends above the gum line. The artificial tooth (crown) is then attached.
Dental implants are extremely versatile and can be used in a variety of configurations. One dental implant can replace one missing tooth. A series of implants can replace more than one tooth or anchor a dental bridge, and even dentures.