It can be alarming to lose a tooth, whether it gets knocked out during an accident or falls out as the result of advanced gum disease. Thankfully, impressive advancements in dental technology make it possible to replace your missing teeth with prosthetic teeth that are just as functional and durable as your real teeth. Here’s what you should know about dental implants and how they can improve your life after tooth loss.
The Implant Placement Process
An implant is a three-part restoration that is placed in the mouth in stages. To begin, Drs. Lawrence and Kyle Duffy create a small hole in the jaw bone where the new tooth will be placed. Once the hole is made, a titanium implant post is screwed into the hole. Nothing is attached to the top of the post until the surgical site has had a chance to heal. Once the gums have healed nicely and the bone has grown around the ridges in the implant post, the top of the post is uncovered and an abutment (attachment piece) is secured to the top. The final step in the process is to put a crown on top of the abutment. Drs. Duffy always carefully match the color of dental crowns to each patient’s adjacent teeth to make sure the final result is as natural-looking as possible.
The Many Benefits Implants Offer
There are many reasons dental implants are so popular. Some of the top benefits they offer include:
- Permanent tooth loss solution
- Attractive appearance
- Bone mass protection
- Restored confidence
Some people may require their jaw bone to be built up with a bone graft before they can undergo dental implant procedures. Your dentist will make this decision for you after carefully inspecting the density of your jaw bone.
Restore Your Smile
Why deal with the negative effects of missing teeth when you can rely on dental implants to fully restore your smile? To schedule a consultation for this implant placement or to receive one or more dental crowns, call Center For Dental Anesthesia today.