A dental implant is an artificial tooth root made of titanium. It is carefully placed into the jaw and allowed to integrate into the bone. Once healed, the general dentist can place a crown, bridge, or denture. These feel and function like natural teeth. Dental implants offer a permanent solution to the embarrassment of missing teeth, and a much more comfortable alternative to dentures.
Anyone who has missing teeth or cracked teeth may be a candidate for dental implants, even if you are older or have serious dental problems. Dr. Mason and Dr. Lamble will help you determine the implant options that are best for you.
Whether you have lost teeth because of disease, decay or trauma, the team at Dr. William E. Mason Periodontics – Dental Implants can give you the opportunity to look and feel better, to eat anything you want, and to speak in front of others with confidence, giving you many reasons to smile.
When a tooth is lost, the bone beneath it no longer receives stimulation and begins to deteriorate. Bone loss and missing teeth cause the lower third of the face to collapse and sink inward. In addition, the muscles of the face shift, causing deep wrinkles. When you don’t replace a missing tooth, other teeth can drift out of place, resulting in a mouthful of crooked teeth. Crooked teeth affect both your appearance and your ability to chew.
Dental implants also look, feel, and function like natural teeth.
A dental implant forms a strong bond with the jaw, offering a stable foundation for replacement teeth and preventing the bone loss that is inevitable with missing teeth. Other tooth replacement systems, such as dentures, cannot offer the same bone loss prevention, comfort, and ease of cleaning that dental implants provide.
People who have missing teeth or who wear dentures often have difficulty chewing. Because their food choices are limited, they experience problems with digestion and nutrition. Tooth decay is common in people who wear partial dentures because the area where the partial is anchored is harder to clean and more easily collects decay-causing bacteria.