What are dental implants?
Dental implants are a fairly modern advancement in dentistry, allowing a missing tooth to be replaced with a similar artificial tooth. The implant itself replaces the root of the original tooth, allowing for the placement of a crown or other restoration with stability and function similar to the natural tooth that was replaced.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Ordinarily, in the case of missing teeth, bone loss will result in the surrounding area. However, the titanium posts of dental implants bond well with the jaw bone and help stimulate growth of the surrounding bone structure, minimizing the loss of bone.
A dental implant in place of a missing tooth can prevent the surrounding teeth from shifting, resulting in bite issues or other problems.
Dental implants can be used alone or in combination with other restorations such as dentures and partials, allowing for much better bite strength than would be had without them.
Who are dental implants for?
Dental implants can be used for those who are missing only a single tooth or used in combination with other restorations to give back the smiles of those who are missing many or all of their teeth.
Missing teeth can cause a range of problems, from self-esteem issues to difficulties with eating and speaking, so if you’re one of those people with tooth loss, ask Dr. Lanie if dental implants may be right for you. Dr. Lanie can refer you to a specialist for the placement of the post portion of the implant(s), and you can return to our office for the restoration (crown, bridge, etc.).