dental implant restoration
Regarded as one of the best ways to replace a single missing tooth, dental implants are becoming increasingly popular among adult patients. Dental implants are permanent replacement teeth that possess the ability to withstand the forces of chewing and biting food for decades.
Titanium is used to make an implant, which is a small rod with textured ridges that is surgically placed into the jaw by a periodontist or an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Because the chemical structure of titanium is ideal osseointegration, the biological process of bone fusing to metal, implants provide permanent stability and durability for the attachment of prosthetic crowns. The implant will ultimately replace the roots of the missing tooth.
After the implant is placed and the patient’s jaw and gums have healed, a dental crown will be attached to an abutment on the implant. A crown is a custom restoration that is crafted to fit in the space where a tooth once was. Made to precise specifications, the crown offers a stable surface for biting and chewing food along with providing support to surrounding teeth, which prevents them from shifting into empty tooth sockets. Once a crown is attached to the implant, a patient no longer has a visible gap between teeth.
Crowns can be manufactured from a variety of materials. The type of material used depends on the location of the tooth that has been replaced. For example, molars endure more pressure from eating than other teeth and thus require stronger materials. To maintain an attractive smile, porcelain crowns typically replace easily visible teeth.
For patients missing one or more teeth, Dr. Erickson and our team recommend that you schedule a consultation at our office. At your appointment, our dentist will determine if receiving dental implants is the best option for your needs. You will then be referred to a specialist for the placement process and return to our office when it is time to attach your crown.
To reserve your appointment, contact our office today.