If you’ve lost one or more teeth, you can choose a treatment that closely imitates your natural tooth structure. A dental implant is the only solution to replace more than what’s visible from the surface. It also recreates the root using a titanium implant post. As a result, you’ll enjoy a solution that looks and feels natural, while also having the potential to last for decades with the right aftercare.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant differs from traditional treatments because it requires a multi-phased process to create a new tooth using three components:
Implant Post: A titanium implant post is surgically placed into your jawbone to act as a new root. This stimulates your jaw, allowing your bone to fuse to it through a process called osseointegration. It provides the secure foundation your new smile needs to thrive.
Abutment: After your jawbone has healed, you’ll need a second minor surgery to attach an abutment to the post. This is a connector piece between the restoration and the implant.
Dental Crown: All-ceramic material is used to create a crown that matches your natural teeth to blend in seamlessly when you smile.
How Can Dental Implants Replace Missing Teeth?
If you have good oral and general health, dental implants might be a suitable solution to replace the teeth you’ve lost. Depending on how many you’re missing, the process will vary slightly.
Single Missing Tooth: Traditionally, a bridge and crowns are used to replace a single missing tooth, which requires you to permanently alter healthy teeth. A dental implant doesn’t rely on the support of your other teeth. It also keeps your jawbone strong to stop dental drift.
Multiple Missing Teeth: Several missing teeth in a row can be replaced with an implant-supported bridge. A post is used at either end of the bridge to support it. If your missing teeth aren’t consecutive, a combination of implant-retained bridges and single unit posts can be used as an alternative to a partial denture.
All Missing Teeth: An entire arch of missing teeth can be replaced with an implant-supported denture. An average of 4 to 8 implant posts anchor your denture to your jawbone, so you’ll never need to worry about any slipping or irritation again.
Invest in Your Smile Today
If you’ve lost one or more of your natural teeth, your implant dentist can help. Our office handles the entire treatment in-office, including the placement of your posts. You’ll benefit from one caring dental team throughout the entire process of rebuilding your smile.
If you’re ready to invest in your smile, contact our office today to see if you’re a candidate for dental implants.