Do you remember that TV show about Steve Austen, The Bionic Man? And how they were able to rebuild him because they had the technology to give him new body parts that would make him better than he was?
Well in the decades since that show first aired, dentistry has come up with a replacement for missing teeth, that is positively, bionic. It’s called the dental implant and it’s arguably the most important dental technology to date. Let’s take a closer look to this remarkable innovation that unlike Steve Austen’s new legs, only requires a minor office surgical procedure.
A dental implant is a small titanium post that is designed as a replacement of the root part of a missing tooth and is positioned inside your jaw bone just as natural tooth roots are. Attached to the implant, is a connecting piece called an abutment which is capped by a life-like prosthetic crown. Working together, this precision parts form a precision tooth replacement system that offers unparalleled advantages.
Besides replacing a single tooth, dental implants can also be used to support a group of tooth or a full-set of teeth. They can even help support and stabilize dentures, also called implant supported dentures. Best of all, implants help prevent the loss of surrounding bone. This type of bone loss is inevitable when you lose even one tooth, much less multiple teeth.
Types of Dental Implants
- Single tooth dental crowns supported by implant
- Dental bridges that are supported by dental implants
- Dentures that are supported by dental implants
Schedule a Consultation
If you currently suffer from missing or broken teeth, dental implants are a great way to restore your smile. To find out if you are a candidate for dental implants, call 843-986-0177 or schedule an appointment with Lowcountry Family Dentistry in Beaufort today.