Prior to the invention of dental implants, the only options for people who had lost a tooth were bridges or dentures. Dental implants offer an attractive and comfortable solution for those who have lost a tooth to decay or injury. Dental implants are long-term replacements for missing teeth and are a permanent tooth replacement option that looks and feels like your natural teeth.
Dental implants are titanium metal posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone beneath your gums. Typically this is followed up with a healing period of a few months so the implant can fuse with the bone. After everything is healed, and there is a strong foundation for an artificial tooth we’re ready to place the crown and give you your smile back.
Once the implant is strong, an abutment is attached to the implant below the gum line and then a crown can be attached to the abutment. Dental implants are the best way to replace missing teeth, and also benefit general oral health because they do not have to be anchored to other teeth, like bridges.
Because implants integrate into the structure of your jawbone, they can help prevent bone loss and gum recession. With proper oral care and regular dental visits, implants can last a lifetime.
If you are considering dental implants, you need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. If your bone is too thin or soft and unable to support an implant, you may require a bone graft. Or if there is not enough bone height in the upper jaw or the sinuses are too close to the jaw you may require a sinus lift.
If you are missing a tooth and believe a dental implant might be the right solution for you, make an appointment at Sunrise Dental of North Bend for a free consultation. We can work together to make a treatment plan for your specific needs.