Patients who are missing teeth, may choose dental implant restorations as an alternative to bridges, partials, or full dentures. They look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth, and because these prosthetics have a titanium anchor attached to the jawbone, they will not slip, or come out. Your dentist may recommend dental implants, if he or she deems you are a candidate for them, depending on several factors. Dental implant restorations will feel like having your extracted teeth back again, without the worries about eating certain foods again.
Your dentist will work with an oral surgeon, and periodontist, using a team approach for implant placement. After a thorough examination, they will determine if you are a candidate for implant restoration, by checking your bone density, and your past oral health. If the team recommends implant restoration for you, the oral surgeon will then implant a titanium post into the jawbone for each missing tooth, or teeth. Sufficient time will be given for the bone tissue to fuse with the titanium post. Once a solid foundation is created, and the implant is secured, the tooth restoration begins.
Handcrafted, permanent crowns, or dentures are made from durable plastic or porcelain, to match the color and size of your natural teeth. When these teeth are attached to the titanium post, you will have teeth that are restored to their natural function. They will not slip, or come out, and your speech and eating habits will improve, not to mention your smile. It is a costly procedure, but when you weigh the benefits of not having to worry about the typical problems associated with dentures or bridges, it may seem to be a good investment in your health. It is important to do your research, and get referrals for the most qualified team to complete you dental implant restorations. Having what seems to be your natural teeth again, is worth the time, effort, and money.
Please call us if you have questions about Implant Dentistry, restorations, or need to schedule a dental appointment at 409-835-6257. We look forward to hearing from you!