If a tooth is missing or broken to the point that the root is damaged, a titanium artificial tooth root replacement can be implanted in place of the natural tooth. Within three to six months, the implant integrates into your bone, at which point a crown can be placed on the implant...looking, feeling and functioning like your natural tooth!
When you must replace missing teeth, you want something that is going to look and feel as much like your natural teeth as possible. Dental implants represent the state-of-the-art in dental technology, making it possible to restore your smile to its natural state. Dental implants are the only solution that replaces the missing tooth while preserving and promoting healthy bone. If you prefer not to have a partial denture or bridge attached to adjacent teeth, you might consider a dental implant.
Dental implants transmit chewing forces to the jaw, stimulating it and halting the bone loss associated with missing teeth. Conventional treatment options do not offer this important benefit. Unlike conventional crown and bridge tooth replacement, dental implants do not require the grinding down of healthy teeth for abutments. Implants restore the ability to chew properly, allowing a person to enjoy complete and healthy diet. Whether you are missing one tooth or all your teeth, there is most likely a dental implant treatment plan that can bring back your smile.
An implant can support a variety of restorations, such as a single crown, multi-unit bridges, and full arch dentures. Some restorations, like a single crown and most bridges, are not removable. Others, like many full-arch dentures, can be removed for sleeping and cleaning.
What should I expect with the treatment?
Depending on the situation, placing an implant involves several phases, and treatment times can widely vary. First we determine if an implant is right for you. We discuss your health history and treatment goals and perform a comprehensive examination to check the health of your gums and jawbone. we determine if you need any additional procedures, such as bone grafting or gum surgery.
To begin the procedure, a channel is shaped in the jawbone, and then the implant is placed into the prepared space. At this point, it may be possible to place a temporary restoration. Over the course of the next few months, the implant will become securely fused to bone. The last step is to attach your beautiful final restoration to the implant.
The success of the implant depends on the care you provide at home, and the support you receive through regular checkups and cleanings.
Are dental implants for me?
Even if you’re the most patient person in the world, implants won’t work for you if you aren’t in good general health. You also have to have healthy gums and enough bone in your jaws to support the implants, and you must be willing to be meticulous about regular dental visits and your dental hygiene. Implants also aren’t advised if you suffer from a chronic illness such as diabetes, as this can interfere with healing. And if you’re a smoker, you’re not a good candidate for implants; smokers are at greater risk for gum disease than non-smokers, and gum disease weakens the gum and bone tissue needed to support implants.
If you’re interested in implants to replace a missing or lost tooth, your dentist will perform a thorough evaluation to determine if your health and lifestyle are conducive to this type of restoration.
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