Dental Implant

What Are Dental Implants

What Are Dental Implants?

If you are in need of replacement teeth and are looking for a safe way to get a healthy smile while also being able to confidently eat, laugh, and be active, you may want to consider dental implants.

What Are Dental Implants

Dental implant surgery is a procedure that replaces tooth roots with metal, screw-like posts and replaces damaged or missing teeth that look and function much like real ones. Dental implants are those small screw-shaped artificial teeth roots that are able to integrate with your jaw bone so that they become a naturally strong base for crowns once they are inserted.

In addition to the dental implant and crown, you will also have an abutment, which connects the crown to the dental implant. This helps ensure that dental implants and crowns continue to be the strongest option for replacement teeth.

How Do Dental Implants Work

Those considering dental implants may wonder how they work. As mentioned above, dental implants are meant to help attach artificial teeth. To do so, the dental implants are surgically placed into one’s jaw bone so that they can support a crown and act as an artificial root.

Once the implant has been placed into the jaw bone and the gums have healed, a customized crown is placed onto the dental implant so that your tooth both looks and feels natural!

Why Dental Implants

People who choose to use dental implants do so because they want new teeth that look, function, and feel natural. Dental implants are also one of the sturdiest methods for supporting artificial teeth as the titanium in the implants fuse with one’s jaw bone, do not cause bone damage, and do not decay over time. In fact, they have been trusted and used by the dental industry for over 30 years now.

What Do Dental Implants Look Like

Dental implants consist of a screw-like cylinder that is made out of metal, such as titanium. However, since the dental implant acts as a root for crowns, the dental implant itself is not seen as the crown is what others will see. The crown looks like a real tooth, so no one will know the difference!

If you are interested in dental implants and want to learn more, please reach out to Fredericksburg and Ashland Smile Center for more information.


Published: March 16, 2020


Author: Dr. Joel Butterworth

Joel S. Butterworth, DDS is the dentist and owner of Fredericksburg Smile Center and Ashland Smile Center. Dr. Butterworth has specialized training and clinical experience in all fields of general dentistry as well as advanced training in anesthesia and pain control, TMJ disorders, dental oncology, and emergency medicine.