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An implant is a metal device that is placed into the jawbone to replace a tooth that is missing or damaged beyond repair. A restoration is then attached to the implant to create a natural-looking tooth that appears and functions just like your natural tooth.
Dental implants replace the root of the missing tooth, preventing bone loss. They are also a great option for stabilizing teeth in a fixed bridge or denture when several teeth are missing in the same area of the mouth.
A dental implant is a small titanium screw that serves as a replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. The implant is placed in the gums under local anesthesia, and the bone grows right into the threads of the implant to hold it in place. The restoration is then attached to the implant post.
Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime with proper care. While nothing can last forever, dental implants are the closest you can get to a natural tooth.
Caring for your dental implants is just like caring for your natural teeth. You should brush twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and floss at least once per day in order to remove plaque and food debris from the gum line. Regular checkups and cleanings are also recommended to ensure that your restoration is in top condition.
A dental implant may be a good choice for you if you have one or more missing teeth and want to have a replacement that looks and feels natural. If properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime.
Talk to your dentist if you think implants might be right for you. They can do a thorough examination and let you know if you’re a good candidate for the procedure. Your dentist can also discuss other options that might be better for you if you decide that an implant isn’t a good tooth replacement option for you.
One of the biggest benefits of choosing an implant-supported denture is that you never have to worry about your dentures slipping or moving around in your mouth. Traditional dentures rest directly on your gums, which can become sore and irritated after so many hours of use a day.
An implant-supported denture is anchored in place by small posts that act as artificial tooth roots. That means you can speak and eat normally without worrying about slippage or irritation! That’s one of the reasons why many patients choose this option for replacing their full set of teeth.
Another benefit of dental implants is that they help preserve the jawbone. When a tooth is missing for an extended period of time, the jawbone begins to weaken and deteriorate. Over time, this can cause other teeth to become loose and fall out. Placing an implant in the bone will continue to stimulate the jaw and help keep it strong and healthy. This helps to prevent bone loss and keeps your remaining natural teeth firmly planted in your jaw.
It takes about three to four months for a dental implant to fully fuse with the jawbone and for your restoration to be complete. Although you may have a temporary crown or denture during this time, the replacement tooth will eventually be placed. Once your implant has healed, your gums will become stronger and more able to support the implant.
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped “caps” that are placed over a damaged, discolored or misshapen tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and appearance. They are bonded to the teeth using dental cement or adhesive, and they are custom-designed for a perfect fit.
No. Dental crowns are designed to look just like your other teeth. We will match the color of the crown to your surrounding teeth to ensure a seamless, natural-looking appearance.
The crowns can be made from a number of different materials, including porcelain, ceramic, zirconia, metal alloys, and even gold. Each material has its own advantages in terms of aesthetic qualities and durability. Our dentist will help you decide if one of these options is right for you. We can also match the color of your adjacent natural teeth to ensure that your smile looks natural.
Your dentist will first prepare the tooth for the crown by removing a small portion of the enamel from the tooth surface. If the tooth is decayed or damaged, the dentist may also need to perform a root canal procedure to clean the nerve of the tooth. Once the tooth is prepared, your dentist will take an impression of your tooth and will send it off to a lab to produce a custom crown that perfectly fits your smile. It usually takes two to three weeks for the laboratory to craft your crown and deliver it back to your dentist’s office. During this time, your dentist will place a temporary crown to protect the underlying tooth. Once your custom crown arrives, you can return to the office to have your new permanent crown placed.
The average lifespan of a crown is over a decade. However, this can vary from patient to patient and can be affected by how well you care for your teeth. Be sure to brush and floss regularly and visit your dentist at least twice a year for regular professional cleanings and exams. With these steps, they can even last a lifetime.