If you’ve lost any teeth, dental implants may be the best solution for you. Dental implants are a popular choice for tooth replacement because they closely mimic natural teeth and are more comfortable than removable appliances.
How Dental Implants Function:
1. Dental implants consist of two main parts: the root form and the crown. The root form is the titanium piece shown below the gum (diagram to the right). The root form needs to be implanted first by a qualified oral surgeon. Then, time is necessary for the bone to grow around the artificial root before the procedure continues.
2. The crown is the prosthetic tooth shown above the gum line. (diagram to the right) Once the root form and surrounding area have healed completely, Dr. Smith places the crown on the root form. This crown is designed to be a perfect match to your existing teeth and looks and feels just like a real tooth.
When just one tooth is missing, a bridge or an implant can easily solve this issue. If multiple teeth are missing, one implant per tooth or two or more dental implants may be placed to retain a full arch of teeth. This helps avoid the slippage, poor chewing capacity and insecurity that comes with removable dentures. Dr. Smith has taken numerous implant courses and enjoys a high success rate with dental implant procedures.
Although there are many advantages to dental implants, there are minor disadvantages to be aware of:
- It will take months for your implant to fuse to your bone tissue and during this time, eating may feel uncomfortable.
- Dental implants generally cost more than bridges and dentures but in the long run, you may save money as bridges and dentures wear out and lose their fit. When you choose implants over removable appliances, your quality of life improves.
- Implants are not always compatible if patients suffer from diseases such as hemophilia, diabetes or patients with immune-deficiency. Smoking is also a contraindication for dental implants.
Are You a Dental Implants Candidate?
If you’re missing teeth, dental implants may be your best solution. Dr. Smith is happy to answer your concerns and questions. Call our office today to set up a complimentary consultation or visit our Request an Appointment page.