When there is a hole sitting there where you used to have a viable tooth, you might end up feeling self-conscious about showing off your smile, especially if it’s a front tooth. Of course, if it’s a back tooth then your ability to chew efficiently may be compromised and have a negative impact on your digestion. And regardless if it’s front or back, the other teeth on that jaw may shift, leading to discomfort and misaligned jaws. Here at Contemporary Dental Associates, our Mastic oral surgeon can prevent those consequences with dental implants.
Fixed bridges and removable dentures, the more traditional ways to replace missing teeth, do a fine job but they do have drawbacks. The bridge requires that the teeth on either side be drilled down and capped to properly hold the anchors in place. Dentures are held in with adhesive instead, but that is messy and not always reliable. It’s not uncommon for dentures to slide when you chew or speak. A dental implant done by our Mastic oral surgeon will never move on you and won’t affect your other teeth. In fact, it replaces not just the tooth on the surface, but the root beneath it, as well.
The process requires two steps. First, a titanium post, the root replacement, is put into your jaw by our Mastic oral surgeon. Your jaw bone then grows around and fuses with it. This can take a few months, but the result is a strong and dependable foundation, just like a natural root. The second part is the fashioning of a crown, the tooth portion, which is made of material that is the color of your other teeth. That crown is then cemented to the post, and you have a replacement tooth that looks, feels, and acts like a real one does.
In some ways, it’s fair to say that your dental implant is superior to a natural tooth. It won’t decay, get a cavity, requires root canal therapy, or have to be extracted. And no toothaches, either. You can brush it, floss between it and your other teeth, and best of all, eat any food you want, even the hardest and toughest ones. Our Mastic oral surgeon can put in single or multiple implants, and they can even be used as a foundation for a set of dentures, particularly on the lower jaw, giving you the best of both implants and dentures.