If you find yourself living with or facing potential tooth loss, it's a good idea to consider replacing your tooth as soon as possible. Besides the embarrassment you probably already feel when talking or smiling, a lost tooth usually leads to the bone receding around the area where the tooth should be.
A dental implant may be the best solution to replace your missing tooth since it functions like a replacement root and helps prevent bone loss from occurring and keeping the jawbone healthier longer. Implants also look and feel more like your own teeth and require less maintenance.
Here's more about what you should know when you are considering dental implants.
What Is a Dental Implant?
The implant is comprised of three parts that work together to restore your tooth.
The implant itself is a titanium post placed into your jawbone to take the place of your root. Because titanium is a biocompatible material, it naturally integrates with your bone, creating a stable foundation for your new tooth.
An abutment is used to attach the crown to the implant, and the crown takes the place of your tooth. Omaha dentist Dr. Amber Allen customizes your crown to match your missing tooth in both shape and shade, and it's crafted using high quality porcelain. This takes place after your implant is ready to support your crown, which typically takes around 4 to 6 months.
Due to the solid integration of implants into the jaw, many patients find the secure fit more comfortable than the previous alternatives, and they also appreciate the way an implant closely mimics the feel and function of a natural tooth.
Replacing Multiple Teeth
You may worry that you can't enjoy the benefits of dental implants if you are missing multiple teeth; however, implants can be used to support dentures, partials, or dental bridges. Dr. Allen can design your appliance to "snap" into implants placed into your jawbone.
This offers a more secure fit, while also preserving your bone, which provides better longevity for your appliance.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Dr. Allen can determine whether or not implants will work for your needs during an examination. She will check to see that your teeth and mouth are in good overall health, and use x-rays to determine if you have enough healthy bone structure to properly support the implant. She works closely throughout the process with a recommended oral surgeon who will place the implant, and then Dr. Allen will restore your tooth with a customized crown.
Don't live with missing or failing teeth any longer. Scheduling a consultation with Dr. Allen is the first place to start in order to determine if dental implants will suit your needs. Give us a call today to schedule or learn more about dental implants.