Are you coping with tooth loss? Find out how dental implants can help. No matter whether you are missing one or multiple teeth, we understand the importance of having teeth that feel and look just like the real thing. This is why so many people are turning to dental implants. Ask Dr. Whitson to find out more about dental implants and how they replace missing teeth.
How do dental implants work? An implant prosthesis replacing a single tooth consists of three different parts. The implant itself is a small post or screw made from a biocompatible metal (often titanium). The implant is placed into a carefully prepared hole in the jawbone to take the place of the roots of your missing tooth. An implant works in the same way as natural tooth roots, providing the jawbone with healthy stimulation while also offering a long-term foundation from which to support a false tooth or teeth.
Implants are truly as close as you can come to a natural tooth. Once the jawbone and implant naturally fuse together over several months, the next step is to place a structure known as an abutment on top of the implant. An abutment’s sole purpose is to connect the implant with the false tooth. A dental crown, is then custom made to fit your implant and is cemented over the abutment. Crowns are designed to look and function just like the rest of your teeth so it will blend in with your smile. Implants are the closest replacement for natural teeth available today.
Implants can also be used as anchorage or support for complete or partial dentures. This can limit or eliminate the movement of false teeth that cause sore spots.
Who is a good candidate for dental implants? Most healthy adults who are missing one or more teeth can benefit from getting dental implants. Of course Dr. Whitson will need to perform a thorough evaluation including an oral exam and radiographic evaluation to make sure that the jawbone and the rest of your mouth are healthy enough for implants. Do you like the way dental implants sound? Would you like to find out if you are a candidate for this restorative treatment? If so, then call Concord Dental Group in St. Louis, MO today to schedule a consultation with us.