When both the tooth and root are damaged, the best permanent replacement is a dental implant in conjunction with a ceramic crown. This solution both looks and functions just like a natural tooth.
Without the root structure of a natural tooth the jawbone can shrink making your face look older.
There are no loose parts. An implant is stable and comfortable.
Dental Implants LOOK and FEEL like natural teeth.
Normally, it will serve its owner for life.
A dental implant is an artificial root made of titanium metal. It is inserted into the jawbone to replace the root of the natural tooth. An artificial replacement tooth is attached to the implant. The implant acts as an anchor to hold the replacement tooth in place.
If you are in good general health, have healthy gums and have enough bone in the jaw to hold an implant, dental implants might be right for you. If your jawbone has shrunk or if it has not developed normally, you may be able to have a bone graft to build up the bone. A bone graft is a way of adding new bone to your jawbone. Your dentist or dental specialist will tell you if bone grafting can be done.
A dental implant is inserted into the jawbone.
An abutment is attached to the implant. The abutment connects the artificial tooth to the implant.
An artificial tooth is attached to the abutment. Properly fitting the artificial tooth may take several appointments.
A fixed bridge is anchored to dental implants to replace one or more teeth.
Your jawbone begins to shrink from lack of stimulation. Losing your teeth will affect your smile and change the shape of your face, causing you to look prematurely aged. Teeth next to the missing tooth can also become loose over time.
Dental implants can be placed in most healthy adults. Your dentist will be able to tell you after a checkup if dental implants are right for you.
No, dental implants are typically placed under local anesthesia. Most treatments can be completed in your dentist's office.
Most people return to work the next day unless otherwise advised by the dentist. You may be prescribed medication to alleviate any minor discomfort you may have.
A bone graft procedure may be needed if your dentist determines there is not sufficient bone or gum tissue.
Implants can last many years if cared for properly. Many implants have been in place for more than 40 years.
Dental implants are low maintenance and provide stability and confidence in your smile. Therefore, the long-term value of dental implants far exceeds conventional treatment options.
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