The Solution for A Problem Mankind’s Been Dealing With For Thousands of Years…The Missing Tooth.

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IMPLANT DENTISTRY

The Missing Tooth Problem

Modern dental implants are one of the best solutions for missing teeth. Today, the dental implants made of titanium have, by far, the longest successful track record.

One of the ways a single missing tooth is replaced is by use of what is called a bridge. One bridge type requires significant grinding or shaping of one or more teeth next to the missing one. And then a replacement for the ground tooth material is glued or cemented in place to the individual or multiple adjacent teeth with an artificial tooth suspended in between.

Trouble with Bridges

This solution to the missing tooth problem is called a fixed bridge because it is cemented in place. It also makes cleaning your involved teeth more difficult. Unfortunately, it makes a single missing tooth problem into a multiple tooth solution.

Tooth Implant Process-The Basics

An implant, that can be looked at as an artificial tooth root, can be placed in the location where your original tooth root existed.

It is quite common for a tooth to be removed when it is damaged beyond repair due to dental decay, which is an active infection. It is also common for a tooth to require removal when an abscess or deep bone destroying infection around the tooth root exists and when you elect not to have root canal therapy, also known as endodontic treatment. It is often the best root canal alternative.

Gum Disease Caused Tooth Loss

Severe gum disease, another active deep bone destroying infection, may also require that a tooth be removed, if it cannot be resolved any other way. This infection starts initially at the gum level around the root and works it’s way down the root loosening the tooth until its painful for you to chew or speak.

Accident Caused Tooth Loss

Accidents are also often a cause for tooth loss. Whether it is a wrench that slips, or a massive crane hook, severe tooth damage can occur as a result of work related injuries. Even young moms can suffer inadvertent head butts from a cranky child resulting in eventual tooth loss.

Whenever a tooth is lost due to accident or deliberate removal to solve an infection problem, the socket or place where the tooth root used to live needs to go through a period of healing.

 

After 3 to 6 months of healing, the location of the former tooth root, is evaluated for suitability for implant placement by using dental x-rays. If enough bone has filled in the socket area and there is enough room to place an implant, the procedure can be scheduled.

Implant Placement

At the next appointment, the area that will receive the implant is anesthetized so that it will be comfortable. Keep in mind the implant placement is frequently more comfortable than the original tooth removal.

A suitable implant is selected to replace the missing tooth root an a small opening is made in the gum tissue.

Once the dental implant is in the proper position in the surrounding bone, a threaded cover screw is placed protecting the hollow threaded implant. The gum tissue opening is closed completely, hiding the implant, using sutures or stitches if required for healing.

Healing now takes place where the bone grows toward the implant adapting to it and making a solid reliable connection. When an implant is successfully integrated, it will be virtually impossible to remove, similar to the discover made by the orthopedic surgeon in 1952.

Implant Crown Restoration

A model is sent to a dental laboratory to fabricate a connector called an abutment that is screwed to the implant itself and a restoration specified by your dentist. In a simple single tooth replacement situation the final restoration is a dental crown or cap attached to the abutment, replacing the missing tooth. The fit is carefully evaluated and adjustments made if needed.

Now you are able to fully appreciate you and your dentists efforts and have a solid new tooth replacement to smile with and use for chewing.

A Skilled Restorative Dentist

A single implant placed in a highly cosmetic area of your smile requires both a skilled surgeon for the implant placement and skilled restorative dentist building a new crown on the implant foundation. The goal is to give you the best smile result and chewing function result possible.

The skilled restorative dentist working closely with a quality dental laboratory can assure you an acceptable.The fabrication of a suitable crown restoration, that is attached to the implant foundation, can vary in cost from $1000 to $3000 depending on materials selected and the means of attaching the crown. Some crowns may be cemented to the implant foundation and others will required a hidden threaded screw attachment.

Discount implants and crowns are manufactured and sold throughout the world. Using these vendors may allow some dentists to drastically reduce costs. Keep this in mind when selecting your dentist for dental implant and crown placement.

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