There are several options for replacing missing teeth, including a dental bridge, complete removable or partial dentures, and dental implants. The most effective option is dental implants, and Dr. Eric Hein explains why.
What Are Dental Implants?
As you can see from the picture to the right, the implant mimics the structure of your natural tooth. There is a titanium root form and a replacement tooth, or crown. Implants are surgically placed in your jawbone. Time is allowed for the jawbone to heal around the root form, and when it does, a crown is secured.
Wherever a tooth is missing, your body resorbs the jawbone in that space. And the minerals from the bone are used elsewhere in your body. The presence of an implant prevents jawbone shrinkage and facial collapse. Read about facial collapse on our website.
Dental Implant Advantages and Disadvantages
You don’t have to worry about jawbone shrinkage and facial collapse. The root form prevents them from occurring.
Unlike a dental bridge, no work is required on adjacent teeth.
They function, feel and look like your natural teeth. People won’t be able to tell that you have implants.
You usually have to wait several weeks for your jawbone to heal before you receive the dental crown on the implant.
This is the most expensive type of tooth replacement.
Quality Dental Implants
Proper planning and placement of the implants is required to ensure that they are a long-lasting solution. Proper planning includes three-dimension CT scans to determine the location of your nerves and to determine if you have adequate bone density to support the implants. Also, your medical history must be thoroughly reviewed. Proper placement includes using quality fixtures. If shortcuts are taken, nerve impairment, persistent infection, loose implants, or implant failure can occur.
Call our office today at 317-849-3444 and request a complimentary consultation to find out if you are a candidate for dental implants.