Losing a tooth or multiple teeth is a distressing event for our patients. Our team understands the impact a lost tooth has on one’s social life, confidence, and ability to eat and speak properly. Tooth loss has far-reaching effects that can include depression and the development of many oral health conditions. Because the parts of your mouth like your teeth and gums work together to produce harmonious oral function, missing a tooth can throw this system out of balance. In fact, once one tooth is lost, a patient has a heightened risk for losing more teeth. This is because teeth support one another and when a tooth is lost, teeth become lose because they collapse into empty tooth sockets. For these reasons, replacing missing teeth is important for preserving a patient’s oral health and preventing the onset of further oral health complications.
Fortunately, Dr. Morris offers dental implants, a permanent tooth replacement method that addresses the far-reaching effects of tooth loss and improves a patient’s appearance.
How closely do dental implants resemble natural teeth?
Dental implants mimic the function and appearance of teeth very closely. Unlike removable replacement teeth such as dentures, dental implants are permanent. They also address the loss of tooth structure below and above the gum line by replacing both the crowns and roots of teeth. Dental implants are made of two main components, a manmade crown and a titanium post. The crown is a tooth-shaped prosthetic that is custom made in a dental laboratory for each patient. A crown fills in the empty tooth socket and provides a durable biting surface for chewing and biting food. The titanium post resembles a screw and functions as a tooth’s root would.
What happens during the dental implant procedure?
A dental implant procedure involves more than one trip to our practice. The first phase of the implant process involves surgically embedding the titanium post into the jawbone where the tooth once was. Dr. Morris takes great care to ensure that patients feel relaxed and comfortable. Sedation and anesthetic medicine will be used to ensure a pleasant experience. After the post is placed in the jaw, patients will enter a recovery phase. During this time, the jawbone will fuse around the implant to stabilize it. Once this process is complete, patients will return to our office for the attachment of the crown. The crown will be affixed to the implant with an abutment.
Are dental implants affordable?
Some patients may be concerned with dental implant cost. However, we think it is best to view dental implants as a long-term investment. When compared to myriad of health problems associated with missing teeth and the need for potential costly procedures, dental implants are cheaper and more durable than other tooth replacement alternatives. Compared to dentures and bridges, dental implants also have a much longer lifespan and can last a lifetime with proper care.
To learn more about your tooth replacement options, contact our practice to reserve a consultation with our caring and skilled dentist.