A dental implant is made of titanium and is placed into the bone of the jaw, replacing the root portion of the tooth. The crown, or restoration, sits on top of the implant once the bone has healed around it. Dental implants are a great restorative option that can mimic natural teeth, especially in circumstances when only a single tooth may be missing. In these situations, implants keep a “one tooth problem” a “one tooth problem” and allow for restoration without affecting or preparing the teeth next-door.
Implants can also act as anchors for bridges and dentures in situations where multiple teeth are affected or missing. Your new teeth can stay in place securely while you eat and speak, eliminating embarrassing slippage that traditional dentures can often have. If you are in need of replacement of all of your teeth in one or both jaws, there are some great implant options available. Conventional dentures can slip, create sores, and be uncomfortable. There are several implant supported options, both removable and non-removable, available to replace traditional dentures. Your dentist will help determine the best options for you.
It is important to replace missing teeth as they are a vital part in maintaining healthy bone structure, maintaining a good bite, and maintaining speech and esthetics. The health of our mouths directly affects the health of our entire body. If you have several missing teeth that aren’t replaced, it often can lead to damage or premature loss of other teeth because of the increased forces on those teeth.
If you are in need of a dental implant restoration, we can help. We will review your individual needs and desires and provide you with treatment options to meet your goals. Additionally, we have partnered with the very best dental surgeons in our area to provide you the most comprehensive care possible.