What Are Dental Implants?

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If you have lost a tooth to some kind of trauma, like an accident or something that has knocked a tooth out, you may worry about the way that the gap in your mouth looks. You may also worry about eating, depending on where the tooth is. Even missing one tooth can make it harder to chew some food, which can mean that you aren't eating the foods that you like. So, what can you do? It's not like you can really get dentures that will cover just one tooth. Luckily, there are other options that you can take advantage of. One of those is getting a dental implant. What is a dental implant?

Dental Implants

A dental implant is a multi-part object that your dentist can put into your mouth to act as a tooth. In fact, it may be just as easy to call it an artificial tooth, since it acts and is very similar to your teeth. What are the different parts of a dental implant?


The first part of the dental implant is the actual implant itself. It's a post that is generally made of titanium or other dental-safe metal. The post gets implanted into the socket that your tooth was in. It goes down into the bone so that it's good and secure. When the dentist implants it into your bone, they are going to do everything they can to make sure that your bone will grow up around it and secure it. After the post is placed, you are going to have to wait for a few weeks so that the bone will heal up around it. The post acts just like the root of your tooth. It can also help to strengthen the bone in your jaw and keep it from being resorbed into your body. 

The Tooth

The second part of the implant is the tooth itself. The dentist will make a tooth that looks like the rest of your teeth. It's generally made out of some kind of dental resin that will stand up to all the use you will put it through. The way that the dentist will make sure the tooth is right is by measuring the space and your other teeth, they will also look at the size, shape, and shade of your other teeth so that it will match as exactly as possible. 

If something has happened and you lost a tooth, then dental implants may be the best solution for you. 


5 March 2018

Coping With Dental Emergencies

My son was outside playing with some friends when he accidentally fell down and hit his mouth on the sidewalk. The fall knocked out his front tooth, so I immediately placed the tooth in a small jar and added some milk. I rushed my son to the dental clinic and the dentist immediately took us into the examination room. The dentist placed the tooth back into the socket and saved it. My name is Beverly Tillman and thanks to the quick work of the dentist, my son didn't lose his tooth. Since this was a scary time for me and my son, I wanted to write this blog as a source of information for other parents who are facing a dental emergency. First of all, don't panic and get to your dentist as soon as possible. I hope this blog will help to answer your questions about dental emergencies.