When you lose a permanent adult tooth, it can be a big deal, both physically and cosmetically. Unlike primary (baby) teeth, permanent teeth aren’t naturally replaceable. Before dental implants, the options for replacing a lost tooth were limited. Missing teeth can affect your smile and cause problems for the functionality of your mouth.
Dental implants are the preferred way to treat lost teeth due to accident, decay or fractures. Implants allow patients’ mouths to be restored to their former, natural-looking appearance and restore the ability to speak and eat properly. It does not involve the adjacent teeth for support.
What Are Dental Implants and How Are They Fitted?
Dental implants are made of three components: a titanium screw called the “implant”, an abutment and a crown. The titanium implant is the “root” part of this man made tooth. The abutment is a component that fits into the implant and holds the crown. The crown is the part that gives the look of a “tooth” and it restores the appearance of the patient’s smile.
The process of placing dental implants involves the need for proper 3D images and instrumentation. The titanium screw is inserted into the jawbone where the lost tooth (or teeth) were formerly located. Titanium has become the standard for dental implants because of its biocompatible properties. This means that the bone tissue of the jaw will readily fuse to the implant with little to no risk. After the mouth has properly healed around the new “root,” we will place an abutment on it and then attach the porcelain crown which has been made to match the look of the rest of your teeth.
While implants are an ideal solution for one or a few missing teeth, they may not be the best option for every patient. The patient needs to have healthy, dense bone tissue to give the implant ideal stability, functionality and permanence when inserted.
Our implants replace a single or multiple missing teeth and ensure that the results provide optimal aesthetics and permanence. Unlike dentures, that are loose and pop in and out of your mouth, dental implants provide the best retention and functionality without any messy dental glue. No one but you will know that you have an implant.
At LêDowns Dentistry, we provide rehabilitation dentistry and comprehensive dental care. We’ll make sure you get results for your smile that you’re looking for. Don’t let gaps caused by a lost tooth damage your smile and the functionality of your bite. Contact us today to find out if dental implants are right for you and how they can bring back your beautiful, healthy smile.