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. Depending on how many teeth are missing, this can be done many ways either with a fixed bridge, removable partial, full dentures, or dental implants. Every situation is unique and your doctor will help you choose the option that is best for your scenario.
Lost or missing teeth can diminish the appearance of your smile as well as affect your ability to speak clearly and properly chew food. Fortunately, modern dentistry offers several cosmetically pleasing and functional methods of teeth replacement to restore your smile.
A dental implant is a surgical fixture made of biocompatible materials that is placed into the jawbone and functions like the root of a tooth. In the same way that a 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 platform as an abutment for an implant bridge, or strategically placed to help stabilize a denture.
Out of all of the restorative choices available today, an implant comes 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.
Today, many individuals are interested in receiving dental implants to replace their missing teeth in order to reestablish a complete and beautiful smile. A dental implant is a small, biocompatible post that is placed directly into the jawbone. It behaves in much the same way as the root of a natural tooth.
Once your dental implant has been placed and has had the time to integrate with the surrounding dental bone, it is ready to provide strong support for your new replacement teeth. At this time your doctor will fabricate the most cosmetically pleasing and durable crowns or bridges to give you back a smile that you can enjoy for many years to come.