Dental Implants

Dentures and dental bridgework are options for restoring missing teeth. Another alternative is the dental implant. This restorative dentistry treatment works particularly when only one tooth is missing and needs replacement. Dental implants are becoming popular as a way to restore missing teeth for several reasons.

Single implants look like natural teeth. Unlike bridgework and dentures which have the artificial teeth attached to one another, a single implant restoration stands alone. In this way, it truly resembles a natural tooth. Implants can also be used as abutment teeth for dental bridges or anchors for full dentures. In the case of dentures, the dentures lock onto the implants providing more stability for the denture than adhesive powders and pastes.

Dental implants require a minor surgical procedure for placement. A small post resembling a screw is placed into the jawbone at the designated site where the root of the missing tooth was located. Over time the bone melds with the post. After it is securely implanted, the area is prepared for a crown. When this phase is completed, a crown is placed on top of the post. The result is an artificial tooth that looks remarkably real.

Implant Restorations

Overall, dental implants have a very high success rate. Most failures are due to lack of proper oral hygiene. Still, there are times when an implant will have problems. The crown can become loose or break under certain circumstances. When there is an issue with your implant, do not delay getting it addressed as soon as possible. Neglecting to take care of an issue with an implant could lead to its failure.

A dental implant is an investment in your oral health. Make sure you take proper care of it. Regular dental checkups will give your dentist the opportunity to monitor the health of your implant. Natural teeth have symptoms when there is a problem. Implants need to be monitored for the problems that could arise without your knowledge. This is why it is important for you to visit your dentist regularly.

To find out if a dental implant is right for you, contact us today to make an appointment at Southern Dental Group of Wynne. Consult with one of our dentists for more information.

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