You smile in the mirror, and there it is: an empty space left behind by a missing tooth. It doesn’t matter if you lost the tooth due to an injury, an infection, gum disease, or even because one of your adult teeth never grew. You still see that gap. Worse, you know it’s not healthy. What can be done? For most patients, dental implants are the perfect treatment to make your smile healthy and attractive again. Let Dr. David Miller, a Roseville, CA dentist, help you.
Dental Implants are secure, permanent ways to replace a missing tooth. Your natural teeth have roots that extend into your jawbone, so dental implants start with a titanium root implanted in your jaw. Titanium is safe for your body. Your jawbone fuses with this root, giving the implant the same strength as your natural teeth. Then an abutment (a connector) is put atop the root. Finally, a replacement tooth made to fit your smile in particular is connected to the abutment. You get a natural-looking tooth replacement that will last a long time, if not a lifetime.
Missing a tooth creates many problems. First, your smile will look unattractive. No healthy smile has a gap in it, so you will feel less confident knowing people are seeing that space. Also, your teeth depend on each other for stability. When one is missing, the nearby teeth can shift toward the space. This can loosen teeth and make your smile look uneven. Second, food particles can get trapped in the space. This increases your risk of gum disease and tooth decay on neighboring teeth. Third, missing teeth lead to jawbone deterioration. To solve both the cosmetic and health problems, replacing a missing tooth is important.
Dental Implants require oral surgery. Dr. Miller, a Roseville, CA dentist, will surgically place the titanium root in the socket left behind by the missing tooth. Given time, the site heals and the root fuses with the bone. Next, Dr. Miller connects an abutment to the top of the root that’s visible above the gumline. Finally, a dental crown, made to look like a healthy version of the tooth it’s replacing, is connected to the abutment. These separate parts mean the whole implant doesn’t need to come out should something happen to the replacement tooth.
Dental implants are great for replacing a solitary missing tooth, but dentures may be more useful when you need to replace a full arch of teeth. However, traditional removable dentures have been known to slip or even fall out on occasion. If you are worried about this, you can combine implants and dentures.
The All-on-4 concept is similar to an implant-supported denture. Both use a full set of replacement teeth set in a gum-colored base. Only a dentist can remove these after placed. The All-on-4 method uses a patented technique that makes it more secure. Four implants are used for one arch: two placed in the front, and two implanted at an angle in the back. This angle makes the replacement teeth even more secure in your mouth. All-on-6 implants uses the same technique but with a total of six implanted roots.
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