After tooth loss occurs, your next step should be finding a secure replacement. Nothing takes the place of one, two, or a whole row of missing teeth in the upper or lower jaw better than dental implants in Farmington. Truly the best option currently available in tooth replacement, Dr. James Cole highly recommends the treatment for eligible candidates.
Dental implants are a comprehensive tooth replacement solution that rebuilds your tooth structure from the root up. Other options, like a fixed bridge or a traditional denture, only replace the part of the tooth you can see. But without the tooth’s root, the jawbone will not receive the blood flow and stimulation it needs to thrive. Patients who choose implant dentistry enjoy a stable tooth replacement and a healthier jawbone over time.
The traditional dental implant is made up of three parts:
Dental implants can support an individual crown in the case of single tooth loss. For two, three, or four teeth missing in a row, dental crowns connected to each other form a bridge that is affixed to the appropriate number of dental implants. Patients with extensive tooth loss may be best served by a partial or full implant-retained denture. You and your dentist will discuss your options and determine which is best for your smile.
The procedure for dental implants takes place over the course of six months to a year. First, we will have to make sure your jawbone has sufficient structure for the successful anchoring of the dental implants. If not, we will recommend a bone grafting procedure to boost volume.
Once the jaw is ready, the dental implants are surgically placed according to the specifics of your treatment plan. After placement, the gums are closed and healing begins. The dental implants grow together with the jawbone in the process known as osseointegration. Once each implant is sturdy, you return to our office for the placement of the abutment and, after another brief healing period, the final restoration of the dental implant(s).
If your tooth loss is recent and you are in generally good oral and overall health, chances are excellent that you are a good candidate for dental implants. Dental implants are placed surgically, so patients should be healthy enough to heal from an oral procedure. People with advanced stage cancer, uncontrolled diabetes, or periodontitis may need to seek another option in tooth replacement. The only way to find out for sure whether or not you are eligible for dental implants is to visit your local implant dentist.
Dr. Cole and the team at Integrity Dental regularly help patients complete their smiles with implant dentistry, and we cannot wait to get started on yours! Contact us to request an appointment with your dentist in Farmington today.