Is a missing tooth weighing you down and making it difficult even to enjoy simple actions like eating and speaking comfortably?
At The Dental Health Center, we see the effect that tooth loss has on our patients. That is why we offer state-of-the-art dental implants that are designed to take the place of the missing tooth and restore function and appearance.
Why Tooth Loss Is a Problem
If you have missing teeth, you know it impacts many areas of your day-to-day life. You may have trouble speaking clearly, and you may not be able to eat the nutritious foods you need because your remaining teeth hurt.
When you lose a tooth and its root, the bone in your jaw starts to deteriorate. Tooth loss eliminates support for other teeth and changes the contours of your face, creating a sunken appearance. Since we place the dental implant into the bone in your jaw, it acts as a replacement tooth root to keep your jaw bone healthy and intact.
What Is a Dental Implant?
Bridges or dentures are great for solving the esthetic problem of a missing tooth and are still an excellent option for many people. But dentists today recommend dental implants because they are the healthiest, most long-lasting tooth replacement.
A dental implant consists of three parts:
- The implant post, which is a tiny titanium screw that is placed surgically in your jaw
- The abutment, which is the piece that connects the post to the restoration
- The restoration, which is the visible part of the implant and may be a crown, bridge, or denture.
What's the Process for Getting an Implant?
During the planning stage, Dr. Seger first explains your options for restoring the visible part of the implant so you can eat comfortably and smile confidently again. We can use an implant with a crown to replace a single missing tooth, or if you have several teeth missing, Dr. Seger may suggest two or more implants to support a bridge or full or partial denture. Once you and Dr. Seger decide together that an implant is right for you, there are several steps involved:
- Dr. Seger works closely with a top oral surgeon in our area who places the implant post in your jaw during an in-office procedure.
- The post is left to heal over several months and fuse securely with surrounding bone and tissue while the oral surgeon and Dr. Seger monitor your progress.
- As the implant heals, it becomes part of your jaw structure and forms the strongest foundation possible for the restoration to which it’s attached.
- Once the oral surgeon verifies that the implant is fully healed and integrated, we will begin the restoration phase where we will create a crown, bridge, or denture that will attach to the implant.
Are Dental Implants Right for You?
You are a good candidate for an implant if you are healthy enough for oral surgery and have enough dense bone in your jaw to hold the implant in place.
Of course, there are other considerations like cost and insurance coverage. You will be an informed participant every step of the way, and Dr. Seger will listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and help you decide if a dental implant is a solution that best fits your needs.
Please call The Dental Health Center at (610) 494-0404 to arrange a commitment-free consultation so we can get started!