Dental bridges or dentures are traditional methods to replace the visible portion of the missing tooth. Restorative dental implants offer a more advanced, longer-lasting option that is quickly becoming the gold standard in tooth replacement. Dental implants are comprised of three parts: a post, an abutment, and a dental crown. The post, made from titanium, is implanted into the bone of your jaw during a short surgical procedure. This post is designed to mimic a natural tooth root, anchoring the dental implant in place like a real tooth. The abutment is a small attachment that connects the post to the crown, which replaces the visible portion of your tooth. A dental implant procedure may require four to six months to complete, but your dental implants will last a lifetime. You will care for your implants just like they are natural teeth and your dentist will monitor their health during your biannual dental checkup.
If you’ve lost one or more teeth, you could benefit from dental implants. Dr. John R. Pallotta, DMD offers dental implants in addition to general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry in Lexington.