Exactly What Is a Dental Implant?
Dental implants — made up of a titanium post, abutment and crown — are the preferred method of teeth replacement. Because the titanium post must be implanted in your jaw, our dentist first has to ensure your jaw is healthy enough to receive the implant.
If you have had a missing tooth for a long time, it is likely your jaw has receded in this area. When the jawbone has no tooth to support, it begins to atrophy. If your jawbone is not as strong as it needs to be, our dentist will do a bone graft prior to placing the post.
Another issue with missing teeth is that over time, your remaining teeth can begin to drift into the space left behind by your missing tooth. Thus, you may need an orthodontic solution such as Invisalign to move your teeth back into their original positions to make room for the replacement tooth.
Once the dentist places your post, there is a waiting period during which the post integrates with your jaw and the bone grows around it, holding it firm. Once this process is complete, the dentist can place the abutment and crown.
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Why Dental Implants Are Better Than Bridges
While dental bridges solve the cosmetic issue of having missing teeth, they do not address jaw health. A bridge sits on the gumline, so the jaw recedes the same way it would if you had not gotten the bridge.
Additionally, the two healthy teeth on either side of the space left by the missing tooth will have to be shaved down to make room for the appliance.
Bridges only last about five to seven years, while tooth implants can last a lifetime. When you consider the costs of each, because you may need several bridges over the years, a tooth implant might be a better investment. Learn More
Implant-Supported Dentures in Ocala, FL
If you have many missing teeth — or no teeth — you may want to consider implant-supported dentures. Sometimes called All-on-4, this procedure involves putting four implant posts on the top of your jaw and four on the lower, then permanently attaching dentures.
Dental implant-supported dentures are much stronger than traditional dentures, they never slip or fall out, they look more natural and you can eat anything you want with them.
To learn more about getting dental implants, call our Ocala, Florida, dentist office today.