Losing a tooth due to injury, dental decay, or gum disease can happen. However, in order to avoid causing problems for the adjacent teeth and your overall dental health, it is important to replace the tooth that has been lost. This can be done any number of ways including fixed bridges, removable partial or full dentures as well as a more recent procedure known as dental implants.
One of the most significant dental innovations in recent times, an implant is a small surgical fixture made of biocompatible metal or ceramic materials that is placed into the jawbone and functions in the same manner as the root of tooth. In the same way that natural root supports the natural crown of your tooth, an implant once it fully integrates with the surrounding bone, provides a stable and durable foundation for a replacement tooth. Implants often support a crown for an individual tooth, but can also be used as abutment teeth for a dental bridge, or strategically placed to help stabilize a denture.
Out of all the restorative choices available today, an implant comes the closest to replicating the look, feel and function of a natural tooth. Furthermore, it is the only method of tooth replacement that does not require the involvement or preparation of the adjacent teeth. A dental implant also stimulates bone remodeling to prevent shrinkage in areas where teeth are missing and helps to restore facial contours in areas where significant bone loss has occurred.
If you’re interested in receiving an implant, you’ll start off by coming into our office. The dentist will perform a short, but concise consultation to see if you are eligible. Once approved, we will schedule you with a licensed oral surgeon with extensive experience to have the dental implant placed. Once the implant is in place, you will come back to our office to have it restored. We will take a quick impression of your mouth in order to create a beautifully fitting crown, also called an artificial tooth, to secure to the implant. When the crown is created, the dentist will secure it to the implant and you will leave the office with a complete dental implant that looks very much like a natural tooth.