An implant is commonly used to replace a single broken or missing tooth. It is often a permanent “one tooth solution” for a “one tooth problem” when a natural tooth cannot be saved or there is already a gap from a missing tooth.
What is an implant?
An implant is a titanium replacement for a tooth root. The implant is placed in your jaw bone, and then given time for the bone to stabilize around the new root. We then add an abutment and crown to the root. The abutment connects the implant root to a tooth colored crown. Your new tooth will look, feel, and function like a natural tooth.
Implant vs. Bridge
An alternative solution to an implant is placing a bridge, but this approach is less desirable because it involves shaving down the two teeth adjacent to the gap even if those teeth are in good condition. Our ability to avoid involving perfectly healthy teeth in dental work is one of the major advantages of an implant.
Implants For Dentures
Implants can also be used for many other procedures. Multiple implants can be used to make your traditional style denture more stable, functioning better so that you can talk, chew, and smile without worry. Many people think of this option as a “snap on denture.” We can even fabricate permanent dentures to replace a full upper or lower arch of missing or failing teeth; another name for permanent dentures is “All-On-4” dentures. Placing implants under dentures also keeps you looking young because it supports your facial structure and profile in a way that traditional dentures cannot.
Does It Hurt?
Many people are surprised by the fact that having an implant placed is easier and more comfortable than having a tooth removed.
How much do implants cost?
Implant costs vary depending on number of implants, whether we need to replace deficient or missing bone, and how easily we can make the implant blend into the rest of your smile.
To learn whether implants are the solution for you, please contact our office for a consultation with one of our doctors.