Is an empty space from a missing tooth preventing your smile from looking its best?
Are you having trouble chewing?
Is your self-confidence affected?
If so, there are ways to replace missing teeth, restore lost function and enhance the beauty of your smile. Today the optimal tooth replacement method, supported by decades of research is the dental implant.
A dental implant is a titanium or ceramic replacement for the root part of your tooth that fuses to the bone and attaches to a crown.
When you visit to us at Smile Station, we will examine you if you have sufficient space and bone in the area of the lost tooth. The longer the tooth has been missing; it is more likely the bone that was supporting it has deteriorated. A major advantage of implants is that they prevent further loss of bone. If there is significant bone loss, then another additional procedure called bone grafting is done while placing the implants.
It usually takes 3 to 6 months for the implant to fuse to the surrounding bone. Once that has happened, a crown is placed directly on the implant or more often to another piece called an abudment between the crown and the implant. You now have a sturdy tooth replacement that is visibly indistinguishable from a natural tooth.
Dental implants are very versatile and can be used in a variety of ways to replace missing teeth from a single tooth to implant supported bridge work. They can also be used to support and secure complete dentures and total replacement of teeth.
Research has shown a success rate close to 97% making implants the most economic long term tooth replacement solution available. Certain factors like smoking, uncontrolled diabetes, osteoporosis may interfere in implants properly fusing to the bone.
Keep in mind that dental implants need the same care as your natural teeth. Good oral hygiene, regular checkups and professional cleaning would ensure proper care of you gums & supporting bone which is essential for long term implant success.
If you have any missing teeth, please schedule an appointment with us at Smile Station to learn more about this life changing treatment. They can help you eat and smile with confidence.