Dental Implants

When you only have one tooth missing, getting a partial may not be the best choice. A dental bridge requires a lot of prep work and means crowns on both teeth adjacent to the replacement tooth. While these are both wonderful restorative dentistry treatments under the right circumstances, there is yet another option that may fit your situation better.

A dental implant is a superior way to restore a missing tooth. It begins with a minor surgical procedure. A small titanium post, which looks similar to a screw, is placed in the jawbone where the root of the missing tooth would be located. It is allowed to graft into the bone tissue. After this process is complete, the area is ready for a crown. The crown is then placed on the post and cemented into position. The result is a replacement tooth that looks and feels like a natural tooth.

Implants can also be used to create abutment teeth for bridgework. Some people have implants to hold their dentures in place. In this situation, the implants lock onto the denture, securing it so that there is no need for dental adhesive pastes or powders.

Dental Implant Restorations

The success rate for dental implants is very high. Under most circumstances, with excellent oral hygiene and regular dental checkups, implants hold up very well. Your natural teeth sometimes need repair and the same is true with dental implants. Occasionally, an implant will develop a problem that must be fixed. Some of these problems can be seen, such as when the crown breaks or comes loose. Other problems may not be visible. Therefore, it is important to make sure you maintain your regular dental checkups.

If you do experience any problems with your implant, be sure to let your dentist know. Early diagnosis and treatment of a problem can keep the implant from failing. Your implant should last for many years to come. With proper care, it can. We are always here to help you maintain your implant and your general oral health. Contact Southern Dental Group today to schedule an appointment.

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