Dental Implants involve the placement of a titanium “root” and allowing it to integrate into the surrounding bone. As the bone bonds to the post, it forms a secure foundation for the attachment of a crown or a prosthetic tooth that is custom created for you. Implants are used instead of bridges so as to maintain the integrity of the teeth on either side of the missing tooth.
Q: How can losing a back tooth affect my smile?
A: Losing a back tooth will darken your overall smile making it look smaller and narrower. Your smile will appear to stop short, and the look will be exaggerated if your missing tooth has teeth on both sides of it. The function of many teeth can be affected by losing just one tooth, including the reduction of function during chewing. When you are missing a tooth, you compensate by chewing differently, putting pressure on different parts of your mouth. This can cause your other teeth to shift, creating gaps and spaces and may even cause fractures that result in additional tooth loss or the in need for restorations.
Q: What are my options for replacing a missing tooth?
A: By replacing missing teeth either with a bridge or with an implant, you will alleviate the problems associated with missing a tooth and will restore your smile back to its beautiful, full appearance. A bridge is one solution for replacing a tooth. By using neighboring teeth as the supportive structure, Dr. Hamman places a porcelain restoration into the vacant space, restoring the functionality and look of your smile. A dental implant is usually the better solution. Dental implants involve the placement of a titanium post directly into the jawbone. Once the post has bonded to the bone, it acts as a new, solid support for a natural looking, porcelain restoration. Implants can replace a single tooth, or an entire set of teeth, offering more function and permanence than traditional dentures.
While typical dentures shift and require the use of denture adhesives to keep them in place, implants fit solidly, reducing the problems associated with traditional dentures such as gum sores, and difficulty speaking and chewing.
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