What Is A Dental Implant?

Are you considering a dental implant? Dr. Zachary Teach, an experienced Buffalo implant dentist explains what a dental implant is in the following educational video.  If you have questions, or would like to schedule a dental appointment, please contact us today.


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Dental implants are heavily marketed in today’s dental world, and a lot of patients don’t necessarily understand what a dental implant is. An actual dental implant is a prosthetic device that’s artificially made to replace the root of a natural tooth. A lot of times a patient will say, “Oh, I want an implant,” and they think it’s a tooth. Really, the implant is the part that replaces the root of the tooth.

After a certain amount of time – that goes from the surgical phase, so the body can heal around that implant. There will be another step taken where we begin the restorative phase to place a crown, which will eventually incorporate some sort of internal screw inside that implant, where either a post or some sort of fixation device will then be used to formulate a crown that we can place and be it would be supported by that implant.

There are many different types of dental implants, but those that are popular among dentists nowadays are the models that replace the roots of lost teeth. An implant contains three parts: the metal base, the post, and the crown or prosthesis. The base is screwed into the upper or lower jawbone, and after that is left to heal for a certain amount of time, we place a post inside the base. Eventually, we install a crown or some sort of prosthetic device on top of that post, completing the implant.

The dental implant fills in the space formerly inhabited by the lost tooth, preventing the patient’s bite and surrounding teeth from changing. If the implant is planned and installed correctly, the implant and the restoring crown on top of that implant can be made to look just as natural as the tooth that was lost.

Are you considering a dental implant? Contact our experienced Buffalo implant dentists today to schedule a free consultation. We have been in private practice serving Buffalo and the Southtowns community in West Seneca for nearly 40 years, and we welcome the opportunity to put a smile on your face. 

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