Dental implants in Birmingham, AL replace missing teeth with restorations that mimic their natural relative more closely than anything currently available. In addition, implants are anchored to your jaw and into the bone so that structurally, they have the same stability and longevity as the teeth they replace.
To begin, the team at Cook Family Dental will create a treatment customized to your personal needs, whether you require a single tooth or a prosthetic to restore multiple teeth. The implant process has several steps and may take several months, depending on your particular oral health conditions.
Dental Implant Advantages
Compared to similar types of missing tooth replacements, dental implants are superior in several ways. Some of the main benefits are:
- Durability – Dental implants can last for years or longer, especially the foundation.
- Comfort – The surgical stability of a dental implant means no sliding or shifting to compromise the fit.
- Health – By attaching to your jawbone, dental implants restore bone pressure during chewing, promoting bone regeneration.
- Appearance – We make the tooth portion of your restoration from high-quality ceramic and composites that perfectly match natural teeth.
The Anatomy of a Dental Implant
We may divide your dental implant into three parts: the implant screw, the implant abutment, and the crown, which is the visible part of the implant. Each section is installed individually, building the restoration from the bone up.
The implant screw, also called the artificial root, is the part that embeds into the bone. This portion is made from titanium, specifically designed to become fused into your bone structure, resulting in a foundation as strong as you had in your original tooth.
Dental Implant Screw Healing Period
After Dr. Aaron Cook surgically implants the foundation of your restoration, you will undergo a process called osseointegration. This mechanism takes several months while also promoting healing, where bone tissue grows around the implant screw. Once osseointegration is complete, your implant's foundation will have the strength to withstand the repeated and powerful stress you place on your teeth when chewing.
Connecting Your Dental Implant Crown or Denture
The abutment joins the implant's foundation and the portion that looks most like your teeth: the crown or crowns in the cases of a bridge or denture. Your abutment will take one of the various shapes depending on the specific restoration you need. For example, we fit a single tooth implant with an abutment to attach to a single crown.
Dental Implants Replace Multiple Teeth at Once
But if you have multiple missing teeth, we will design your implants to support a multiple-tooth replacement.
Our patients agree that dentures backed by implant attachments are more stable and comfortable than conventional dentures, which fit over your gums and depend on less reliable adhesive methods. Therefore, the final restoration you chose will be the best option we can offer, and Dr. Cook and his team will help you choose the restoration that meets your goals.
Dental Implants in Birmingham, AL
In modern dentistry, you can have your missing teeth restored by dental implants in various ways. We encourage you to reverse the effects and embarrassment of missing teeth and give us a call. Our warm staff can schedule an appointment today.