Dental implants work by anchoring an artificial tooth (a custom-crafted dental crown) into your jaw with an artificial root. Unlike dental bridges and dentures, which are stabilized using other methods, dental implants also replace the root portion of your tooth to provide the strongest possible foundation for your dental crown.
In order to accomplish this, the root – which is made of a biocompatible titanium – must first be placed into your jaw, and allowed to fuse with the bone. This fusion process is called osseointegration, and it can take several months to complete. During those months, you will be fitted with a temporary crown to cover and protect the implant root as it heals.
Once osseointegration is complete, a tiny component called an “abutment” will be placed on top of the root. This piece serves as a connector to secure your dental crown to the root below. Dr. Bellisario will place your dental crown – which has been shaped and tinted to match your unique smile – onto the implant at this point. Your new tooth will be just as strong and durable as your regular teeth, allowing you to eat and speak normally again. Best of all, it does not require any special maintenance. As long as you practice good dental hygiene, you can expect your implants to last a lifetime.
If you have a missing tooth (or teeth) and are interested in learning more about dental implants, please contact The Office of Dr. Bellisario today or call 610-642-7024 to schedule your initial consultation. We serve patients in Ardmore, Havertown, Bryn Mawr, Newtown Square, and throughout the Main Line area of Pennsylvania.