Tooth loss is damaging for a patient’s oral health demoralizing for the patient’s self-confidence. Whether you lose a tooth due to an accident of physical trauma or infection, it is crucial that you find a restorative treatment option that works for you as soon as possible.
Our Cheney dentists are here to help you determine what kind of tooth replacement option is right for your situation. Today we are giving you more information about one type of treatment, in particular: the dental implant.
Dental implant technology has truly been a game changer in the world of restorative dentistry. Thanks to dental implant technology, our dentists can now permanently embed a replacement tooth in the patient’s jawbone.
The basic structure of a dental implant is as follows…
· A titanium root is placed in the spot along the patient’s jawline where the natural tooth used to sit. This root is made of titanium, specifically, because titanium has the ability to osseointegrate—or bond—with natural bone.
· This root is then topped with a small piece called an abutment. An abutment is a connector piece—it allows our team to connect a personalized restoration to the dental root, while allowing for enough give and flexibility to prevent the restoration from snapping off.
· The final component of the dental implant replacement tooth is the customized dental restoration. This is the part of the implant that looks like a natural tooth, and every one is shaped, shaded, and sized to suit the individual patient’s needs. Once this restoration is in place, your replacement tooth will blend in seamlessly with your existing smile.
As you can see, dental implants provide a natural looking and functioning replacement tooth—the beauty of the dental implant is that it is designed to mimic the structure of a natural, healthy tooth.
To learn more about how dental implants work, please contact our Cheney dental implant dentists to get started!