For several years, dental implants have been used as an alternative to replacing missing teeth. Developments in dental technology and materials have led to more durable and aesthetically pleasing implants. While dentures and bridgework are suitable restorations for missing teeth, dental implants provide an effective restorative dentistry alternative, particularly when only a single tooth needs to be replaced.
A minor surgery is required to place an implant. A titanium screw-like post is placed in the jawbone where the root of the tooth was located. Over time, the bone secures the post. Once it is securely grafted into the bone, the area is prepared for a crown. The crown is made of ceramic resin or porcelain fused to a metal alloy and placed on the post. The finished implant looks, feels and serves as a natural tooth.
Ideally, implants are placed soon after a tooth has been removed; however, they can also be placed later. The drawback to placing implants where teeth have been missing for years has to do with bone structure.
When a tooth is extracted, the bone begins to shrink after a while. Placing an implant in such an area may require a bone graft in order for the implant to be successful. Your dentist will examine the implant area and let you know if a bone graft is needed.
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Precision and skill are required for placing an implant. We have the skill and expertise at Rock Point Family Dentistry to ensure that your implant is of the highest quality. Have your procedure performed here for excellence in implant dentistry.
Implants are used to replace a single tooth and they are also used as abutment teeth for dental bridges. Implants can also be used to secure full dentures. A locking mechanism holds the denture in place. This prevents slippage and eliminates the need for dental adhesives and powders. If you have full dentures and speak in public often, you may want to consider stabilizing your dentures with dental implants.
Contact Rock Point Family Dentistry today to find out more about dental implants and how they help restore your missing teeth. You may be a good candidate for a dental implant.