Dental Implants are the standard of care for tooth replacement. Whether a tooth is lost from trauma, gum disease, decay, or failed root canal, replacing the missing tooth is advisable from a health standpoint, as well as from a confidence standpoint. If a tooth is not replaced, atrophy (withering) of the bone can ensue as well as movement and weakening of other teeth.
Implant Dentistry Q&A
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are artificial replacement teeth designed to become part of the mouth and serve the same purposes of the original teeth. Made of an artificial tooth root and a dental crown, dental implants can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. They can also act as support for bridges and partial or full dentures. Dental implants are known for their comfort, functionality, aesthetic, and permanent results.
Why are dental implants an improvement over traditional dentures?
Although traditional dentures have certain benefits, those who have them can sometimes experience slippage, maintenance issues, and other problems. Dental implants are permanent replacements for missing teeth that act as though they are your own. They are custom-designed for the most accurate fit, and they become an actual part of your mouth, just like a natural tooth. This can improve chewing, speaking, and the overall appearance of your teeth.
What does the dental implant procedure entail?
The dental implant procedure typically involves the placement of a thin anchor attached to the jaw below the gumline. Over a few months, the anchor will fuse to the jaw bone. Once the fusion of the implant has taken place, a custom-tailored dental crown will be affixed to the anchor – creating a new tooth that looks and feels natural.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
If you have missing teeth, you may be a candidate for dental implants. Since the procedure involves oral surgery, a candidate often must have adequate bone density in the jaw and healthy gums. Make an appointment to receive a full evaluation to determine whether you are a candidate for the procedure. If you do not qualify, there are still a number of effective alternatives to help you replace missing teeth.