Your teeth are an important feature of your body. Not only do they serve functional purposes, such as chewing, they also serve an aesthetic one as well. When you lose teeth, all of these functions are affected.
shouldn’t be ignored, even if you’re only missing one or two. At Davis Dental Practice, it is our goal to provide you with the highest level of patient
care possible. In order to achieve this goal, we provide you with the knowledge you need to make informed decisions. And for tooth loss, the best option is often dental implants.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants can put an end to any changes that missing teeth might bring about. Implants are small, titanium rods that are surgically inserted into your jawbone that fuse to the bone while the surgical sites heal, providing a strong, stable support for your new teeth.
Why Tooth Loss is Significant
Your teeth play many important roles. They give you the ability to bite and chew your food, providing you with nutrition. They are crucial to being able to speak properly. And, they’re one of the first things that people notice about you. When you lose your teeth, no matter how many, things begin to change. The first change is in the way you look. You may also start to notice that things that were once easy, eating and speaking, have become more difficult.
Another change happens, too, that you won’t be able to see right away. Without your teeth planted in your jaw, the bone begins to resorb. This weakens your jaw and causes it to change shape. You might start to notice a lack of definition in your chin. You may also find that your remaining teeth no longer fit together properly. Your changing jaw has shifted the alignment of your healthy teeth
. This can lead to uneven wear and other oral health dilemmas.
What are the Types of Dental Implants?
Implants are designed to fix any number of missing teeth, from one to all. For this reason, we offer different types of implants to fit your needs:
||Single tooth implants. This is exactly what it sounds like. A single implant supports a single tooth. Of course, it is possible to have several single tooth implants in your mouth if you are missing single teeth in different areas
||Multiple tooth implants. This type of implant is designed to replace several teeth in a single area, instead of a bridge or partial denture. Two or more implants are used to support a section of false teeth
||Implant supported dentures. This type of implant is used in place of a full denture to replace an entire bridge of missing teeth. The entire structure can be supported on 6 to 8 implants
The Dental Implant Procedure
Getting implants requires that you have sufficient bone mass remaining in your jaw. Minor bone loss won’t affect your ability to get implants, but if you have had significant loss, you may need a bone graft first.
After we have determined that you have sufficient bone mass for implants, placing the implant will require surgery. We will start with your initial consultation, and the best location for implants will be determined. The implants are then placed into the sites. You will need time to heal and will be provided with temporary teeth in the meantime. Once you have healed, we will schedule you to come back in to have you final fixed teeth securely placed.
What if I'm Only Missing a Single Tooth?
When you lose one tooth, it may not seem like a big deal, especially if the missing tooth is located out of view when you smile. The truth, however, is that even one missing tooth can have a serious impact on the health of your mouth, and your quality of life.
Even if your appearance remains unaltered, a missing tooth makes eating more difficult. Food can get stuck in the space, increasing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Your speech may be affected. When you lose a tooth, you also begin to lose bone mass in the jaw, which weakens the bone and can shift your healthy teeth out of alignment. Replacing that missing tooth is essential for giving you back the functions of your mouth, and your life. Davis Dental Practice can help with single tooth implants.
A Dental Implant for one Missing Tooth
Traditionally, a single missing tooth has been replaced with a dental bridge. A bridge, typically made from ceramic or porcelain, consists of the replacement tooth between two dental crowns. The crowns anchor the bridge into place on the teeth adjacent to the gap.
Today, a dental implant provides an alternative to a bridge. A dental implant consists of a small titanium post that is surgically implanted into the jawbone. During your recovery, your natural bone begins to fuse with the titanium, integrating it into the jaw in a process known as osseointegration. When this process is complete, the post becomes a stable root that is then used to secure your replacement tooth, a ceramic crown, in place.
Benefits of a Single Dental Implant
A dental implant for replacing your missing tooth offers numerous benefits. Along with restoring the functions of your missing tooth, these benefits include:
||More natural appearance.
||No need to remove enamel from perfectly healthy teeth to make room for the crowns.
||Preventing the bone loss that normally occurs after tooth loss, keeping your jaw strong and healthy.
||The implant mimics the root of your natural teeth, and can even stimulate the jawbone just like your natural teeth do.
Placing a Single Dental Implant
The process for getting your dental implant is more involved than the process of getting a dental bridge. Implants require a surgical procedure, which is done under a local anesthetic and sedation. An incision is made in the gums, providing us with access to the bone. A small hole is drilled into the jaw, and the implant is placed. The gums are then sutured closed around the post, and a temporary tooth placed on top.
Healing from implant surgery can take several weeks. During this time, the bone gradually fuses to the post. We closely monitor your healing to make sure that everything goes smoothly. Once you have completely healed, and the post is fully integrated, the process for getting your final crown can start. The temporary tooth is removed, and an impression is taken. This impression is sent to the dental lab, where your final crown is made. Once it is complete, the tooth is screwed securely into place and you are left with a permanent solution to your missing tooth.
Schedule your Dental Implant Consultation Today
Dental implants are the best solution possible for dealing with tooth loss and restoring your smile to its original beauty.
Contact Davis Dental Practice today at (530) 756-5300
to find out if this option is the right one for you.