A dental implant procedure replaces a missing tooth with an artificial tooth that is permanently secured to the jawbone using a titanium screw and abutment. Your periodontist typically performs endosteal implants when you cannot wear dentures or find bridges and dentures uncomfortable and ill-fitting. Once a dental implant procedure is completed, the tooth is permanently established in your mouth and functions just like a real tooth.
After your periodontist inserts the screw into the bone below the empty socket, he/she will then:
Osseointegration is the biological fusion of the screw with the bone, forming one solid entity instead of the screw and bone remaining separate. Bio-compatible with the human body, titanium is readily assimilated by bone cells to become part of the jawbone approximately four to six months after the periodontist inserts the screw into the bone.
To learn more about the benefits of dental implants or questions about the dental implant procedure, contact us or schedule an appointment to find out if you would be a good candidate for this type of permanent tooth replacement method. Our dental office is located in South Lakeland off of Florida Avenue near the Polk Parkway for an easy drive from Lakeland, Bartow, Mulberry, Plant City and other surrounding areas.
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