What Keeps Dental Implants In?
When it comes to tooth replacement methods, the support structures that keep them in place is pretty clear. Dentures rely on adhesive, and bridges rely upon wires to keep them in place. But what about dental implants? How can an implant stick around seemingly all on its own? The reality is that it's not alone. Here's what's keeping dental implants in place.
The first thing that supports a dental implant is the gums themselves. This is the first component that protects and supports a dental implant.
When a dental implant is put in place, the gums are stitched closed around the top of the implant. Over the days to come, the gums will gradually heal and fuse back together, creating a tight seal around the top of the implant. Only the very top nub of the implant will still be exposed, and this is what your dental crown will eventually be mounted on.
The gums do a good job of keeping the implant in place, but they are only part of the equation. What comes after is ultimately what provides a secure and sturdy foundation for your dental implant to rely upon.
When your dental implant has been put in place, it will stretch all the way from the top of your gums down to the jawbone. Dental implants are significant in size — just like a real tooth. They're designed to stretch to the exact place in the mouth where a natural tooth would extend to, which places them down at the jawbone.
However, once there, the implants don't just sit on top of the bone or float above it. The bone actually plays a role in keeping your dental implants in place. As time passes, the jawbone will gradually start to build new bone cells that surround the base of the implant, much the same way as the gums close around the top of the implant. This is a totally natural process. Your jawbone once did the exact same thing with your baby teeth and then their replacement adult teeth, and now it'll do it for your dental implants.
Once the bone cells have grown over the implant, the implant will be sturdily held in place at the top and the bottom. This will prevent your implant from drifting or falling out and will give it the strength and durability it needs to support a dental crown and to withstand all the chewing you'll soon be doing on it.
To learn more, ask your dentist about dental implants.