dental implant structureIn the progressive world of dentistry, where tooth replacement technology ceaselessly evolves, dental implants have established their reputation as a revolution in tooth restoration. Often fondly referred to as “bionic teeth,” they have remarkably transformed the way missing teeth are replaced. Offering both aesthetic appeal and functional effectiveness, these dental implants give you the confidence to smile again. Our periodontists, Dr. Mitchel S. Godat and Dr. Grant King, are proficient dental implant surgeons at Periodontal Associates of Memphis, who dedicate their practice to make this transformative procedure available to you.

Tooth loss has long been a challenge faced by many, traditionally dealt with by dentures and bridges. But dental implants bring a fresh approach to this age-old problem. Unlike conventional methods that rely heavily on adjacent teeth for stability, dental implants are a game-changer as they operate as an independent system. This self-sufficient design allows dental implants to replace missing teeth without the necessity of compromising the health of neighboring teeth. Hence, it ensures the preservation and integrity of your natural teeth, an indispensable aspect of maintaining comprehensive oral health.

The construction of these dental implants speaks volumes about their durability and strength. Made from high-grade titanium, dental implants are fashioned as minuscule screws which are expertly embedded into the jawbone at the location of the missing teeth through a surgical procedure. Once these titanium screws are implanted, a fascinating process unfolds within the body. The jawbone, recognizing the titanium as a friendly substance, initiates a process known as osseointegration. It is this natural biological response that creates an intimate bond between the jawbone and the titanium implant, making for a solid foundation to anchor the new teeth.

Following the period of osseointegration, the next phase in the dental implant procedure involves attaching small posts known as abutments to the dental implants. The role of these abutments is crucial in the entire restoration process, serving as a robust and stable platform for the fitting of replacement teeth. These abutments form the connection between the dental implants and the various dental prosthetics that can be used, such as crowns, bridges, partials, or even complete dentures. These prosthetic options are custom-designed to match the individual patient’s needs and aesthetic preferences, ensuring a harmonious and natural-looking smile.

An often-overlooked advantage of dental implants is their pivotal role in preserving facial structure. When teeth are lost, a domino effect is set into motion – bone deterioration in the jaw begins, a side effect that can dramatically affect facial aesthetics. The loss of bone density can lead to the collapsing of facial features, promoting a prematurely aged appearance. However, dental implants can provide a sturdy defense against this degenerative process. By effectively acting as a replacement for tooth roots, they stimulate healthy bone growth and maintain adequate bone density, thus contributing to the preservation of the natural facial structure.

At Periodontal Associates of Memphis, we understand the importance of a healthy, functional, and confident smile. Led by Drs. Mitchel S. Godat and Grant King, we are committed to providing advanced periodontal care, including state-of-the-art dental implant procedures. Contact us today to learn how you can reclaim your radiant smile with dental implants – your very own “bionic teeth.”