Dental implants are the most effective tooth replacement treatment for patients who are missing teeth. In this procedure, a titanium post is surgically placed into the jaw. Then a prosthetic or crown is bonded securely to an abutment on the post for complete tooth replacement. The treatment restores normal eating and speaking abilities as well as enhances your smile. The dentists at Garner Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Garner, NC describe the ideal candidates for tooth replacement treatment with dental implants.
Missing one or more teeth
Whether you are missing one tooth, several teeth in a row, or a full set of teeth, there is a type of dental implant that can suit your unique needs. Patients hoping to replace one tooth can receive a single implant, which features one post and one prosthetic tooth. Those who are missing several teeth in a row can benefit from a bridge implant, which uses two posts on each end of a bridge made of prosthetic teeth. Patients can also opt for an all-on-four dental implant, which uses four posts to secure a full arch of prosthetic teeth.
Bone loss in the jaw can occur in patients with missing teeth. This is because the bone lacks stimulation from the tooth root that is lost and deteriorates. Dental implants can regenerate bone growth because the titanium post simulates the tooth root. However, if too much bone has already deteriorated, the jaw may not be able to support implants. Your dentist may recommend a bone graft to create a more stable foundation or suggest an alternative restorative dental treatment.
Patience and commitment
After the initial surgery, your mouth will require three to six months to heal before an abutment and prosthetic tooth can complete your dental implant. This treatment can be a lengthy process, involving multiple visits to the dentist’s office and invasive surgery. You will require patience during the healing process and commitment to your treatment for optimum results. In the end, the restorative and cosmetic effects to your teeth, gums, jawbone, and appearance of your smile will be worth it.
Dental implants and more in Garner, NC
Garner Family and Cosmetic Dentistry provides patients with dental implants and other restorative dental treatments in Garner, NC. Our practice also specializes in cosmetic and general dentistry for patients of all ages. To schedule an appointment with us, contact our office online or reach us by phone at 919.238.3470.