There are many reasons for adult tooth loss – trauma, decay, periodontal disease and the decision to extract a tooth rather than restore it. For whatever reason a patient is left with a gap to fill, options for restoring a gappy smile have become more appealing in recent years.
Dental Implants – A Permanent Option
General Dentists at Ranchlands Dental, empathize with patients when faced with the decision of how to replace a missing tooth. Dental procedures have evolved significantly since the days of being offered a denture or bridge – and though these procedures are still considered viable options for tooth replacement, patients now have the additional choice of dental implants to consider. No longer the new kid on the block, modern dental Implants have been used to replace teeth since 1965, with ongoing technical and clinical advances resulting in them being a suitable option in more and more cases. Often considered a treatment used in dental reconstruction where significant tooth loss occurs, dental implants are actually commonly used to replace a single tooth.
How is a Dental Implant Placed?
Designed to represent the root of a missing tooth, a dental implant is placed directly in to the jawbone. The implant itself has tapered grooves that allow a patient’s bone to integrate around the implant. This Osseo-integration is what holds the implant in place and creates a fixed solution for missing teeth. Once the implant has fully integrated with jawbone it can then be restored with a crown to complete the procedure. Once a final crown is placed there is no indication that there was ever a tooth/teeth missing, as the esthetics and function of a patient’s bite is restored. Capable of replacing one or multiple teeth, dental implants offer a permanent fixed option to patients who may struggle with the comfort of a partial or full denture or require further stability with a dental bridge.
If you’re faced with replacing a missing tooth and are unsure of your options, contact Ranchlands Dental today and discover potential treatment solutions that may be right for you! Our General Dentists are welcoming new patients to the practice 403.239.5212