When you are missing a tooth or are missing several teeth, there are many options to help you to fill in these spaces. The most ideal option uses dental implants to replace the missing tooth. Dental appliances like bridges also work well but do not attach via implants.
Dental implants are metal rods that are used to replace the root of the tooth and allow a crown to be affixed to the top. Dental Implants are made of titanium due to its biocompatible nature. The body does not fight against it, but instead allows it to incorporate into the jaw. The post is grafted to the jawbone and creates a permanent root replacement.
For a single tooth replacement, a dental crown is attached to the top of the implant post. It will look and act just like a normal tooth, thus giving the wearer the ability to eat with ease and smile fully. Implants can also be used as a base for partial dentures with several artificial teeth. This has become increasingly popular since it allows the wearer to not worry about the partial denture to come out at inopportune moments.
There are certain conditions that may make dental implants a less than ideal option, however. Those with gum disease will have a hard time getting the implant successful. Adequate bone in the underlying jawbone is also required. Your dentist will conduct a thorough examination including digital x-rays to ensure that implants will work for you, and if not, what additional options can work.
Dr. Keith Shankle, DDS of Dental Care of Muskogee is dedicated to providing complete dental care to his patients whether it's a routine...