When you have missing teeth to replace so that you can smile comfortably again, bridge work and dentures are good restorative dentistry alternatives. They improve the appearance of your smile and they give you back the ability to chew your food properly. They also help your remaining teeth stay in place. Another alternative for replacing a missing tooth is the dental implant. Bridge work and dentures can look almost natural, but they may still have little telltale signs that they are not the real thing. A dental implant looks more like a natural tooth and feels better also.
The implant requires a small surgical procedure to place it into the jawbone where the tooth root was originally. The implant is a small screw-like structure made out of titanium. Once placed, it is allowed to stabilize while the bone grows around it anchoring it securely into the jaw. When this is growth is completed, the area around the implant is prepared to receive a crown. Once this part of the procedure is finished, the crown is placed on the implant and you have a tooth that looks as natural as your own.
There are times when an implant may need repairs. Rarely a crown will become loose or even chip or break. At such times, you need to make an appointment to be seen right away. Older implants may have issues that need to be addressed. Newer models are sturdier and they have more aesthetic appeal. Sometimes, an implant will have a problem that you are not aware of. For this reason, it is very important that you make your regularly scheduled checkups so that your dentist can examine your implant and make sure everything is as it should be.
Dental implants make a big difference in your smile when you have missing teeth. Contact us today to consult with our dentist to find out if you are a good candidate for a dental implant.