How Do Dental Implants Work?

Are you interested in dental implants? Implants have been increasing in popularity in recent years, and for good reason. They can brighten your smile while also enhancing your oral health.

Is that really possible? The skeptic side of you may be wondering, “How do dental implants work?”

Keep reading below to find out!

Implants Mimic Teeth

Your body is an intricate system of interwoven pieces. Your teeth are part of that powerful system.

How do dental implants work? By copying your natural teeth! For maximum effectiveness, dental implants simply mimic your teeth as closely as possible.

Implants are made up of a post (which mimics a tooth’s root), a crown (which looks just like a real tooth) and an abutment that connects the two. The implant is inserted into your jaw and the crown and abutment sit on top of it.

1. Implant Post

While your implant does have a literal crown, some may say that the post is the “crown jewel” of the whole implant. That’s because the post serves a dual purpose. It allows you to sport a realistic-looking crown while simultaneously enhancing your oral health.

An implant post is inserted into your jawbone to mimic the root of a tooth. In this way, it stimulates your jawbone and helps you maintain a healthy jaw and good bone structure. Implant posts actively contribute to your health by preventing jawbone deterioration.

2. Realistic Crown

Crowns that look and feel real help you quickly become accustomed to your new implant. Because they perfectly fill the void left by a missing tooth, they help you speak and chew naturally. There’s no discomfort or awkward adjustment period involved!

3. High-Quality Materials

Implants are made out of biocompatible materials. That means that all the materials used in implants are safe for use in your body. For dental implants specifically, biocompatibility means that they can be inserted into your jawbone and gums without creating an adverse reaction.

Implant posts are usually made of titanium, which is a notoriously strong metal. Crowns are made from ceramic, composite, or porcelain, which provide strength while also creating a natural look.

All these materials are carefully chosen to maximize the effectiveness of dental implants.

What Implants Feel Like

Dental implants feel like natural teeth. Again, the goal of dental implants is to mimic the great system that your body has already set up for itself. To that end, it’s important for dentists to create implants that are as comfortable as real teeth.

You may experience slight discomfort or tenderness while your implant heals. But once it is fully healed, you’ll forget it isn’t a natural tooth!

Explore Dental Implant Options

How do dental implants work? You don’t need to understand every technical detail of your implant to know that it works well. Increased comfort and oral health are cornerstones of the implant experience.

If you’re interested in learning more about dental implants, call us today. At Mesa Street Dental, we’re here for all your dental needs!