What’s the best way to replace missing teeth?
If you have lost one or more teeth due to an accident or oral infection, you may be wondering what you can do to restore your smile. You may have heard about partial dentures or a dental bridge. While both of those options are effective approaches to replace missing teeth, there’s another treatment option to consider – dental implants. Because they replace both the tooth and its roots, there are many cases in which dental implants could be a more solid treatment option.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants aren’t an overnight solution, but the final result is natural-looking and very durable. First, your dentist surgically implants a titanium post beneath your healthy gum line and into the jaw bone. Once the gum tissue and bone fully heal and fuse to the post, your new “tooth root” is ready to receive its new permanent tooth. This step requires a custom-crafted porcelain crown to be attached to the post.
The benefits of dental implants
- Dental implants are permanent and never have to be removed for cleaning. You simply brush and floss them exactly as you do your natural teeth.
- Dental implants look and feel very much like human teeth. In many cases, patients almost forget they are there.
- Dental implants are surgically inserted into your jawbone, so you never have to worry about them coming loose.
Can anyone get dental implants?
Everyone who passes a thorough clinical examination is very likely a good candidate for dental implants. The most important things your dentist will look for are healthy gums and sufficient bone to be able to provide a strong foundation for a new tooth root.
If you would like to learn more about dental implants and other treatment options to replace missing teeth, please schedule a consultation.