It is obviously upsetting when a permanent tooth is lost, but implant dentistry can save the day. The best alternative to your own tooth is to insert a dental implant. This will fill in the gap between the teeth, preventing the bite from shifting. The implant is a titanium screw inserted in the bone in place of the missing root. This implant will fuse with your bone and act as an anchor for the crown that will be placed in the gap. You will be able to smile and chew confidently again.
Dental Implant Benefits
When an implant and crown are inserted, they fill in the gap that is left by a lost tooth. This will prevent the bone in the jaw from shrinking and the adjacent teeth from shifting. Your face can look unnaturally thin, sunken in, and older when teeth are missing. Replacing missing teeth with implants corrects the problem by filling out your cheeks. This will be a permanent fix and a crown will finish it off, restoring form and function to the tooth.
Are you missing a tooth? Then this option is for you! But maybe you are thinking that you were just told it was not possible because you don’t have enough bone to hold the implant. In this case, a bone graft may be indicated. This can help anchor the titanium screw needed to hold the implant in place. Talk with us about this option before giving up on permanent tooth replacement.
Types of Dental Implants
Titanium screws are used because of their ability to integrate with the bone, but there are several types.
One is a root form. It is the most common implant used by dentists. Remember though, if bone loss has occurred, a graft will need to be done first.
Come prepared to ask questions. We are pleased to answer them! These procedures are not quick, but they are worth it. Bone grafts will be done first if necessary and will need to heal for a few months. The implant can be inserted after the graft has healed. Then this too must heal, until the implant and the bone have properly fused together. Finally a replacement tooth will be placed in the empty space. Our friendly staff is more than willing to discuss each step with you in detail so that you may understand your treatment.