If the tooth had been bothering you, it may have been a relief. Unless, of course, the tooth was in the front of your mouth and now the gaping hole shows every time you smile. Ignoring it is extremely difficult because your tongue can’t leave the gap alone.
I’m Missing a Tooth. Now What?
Once the tooth has been extracted, you have many important decisions to make.
- Do I want a dental bridge?
- Is a dental bridge a permanent solution?
- Do I want to damage two healthy teeth to anchor the bridge?
- Should I elect a partial denture?
- What about bone loss?
A Better Restoration
What if you could have a fresh start? What if you could have a permanent, natural looking tooth replacement that would restore your smile and retain the healthy bone and gum tissue around the tooth root? If you decide on a tooth implant, you can.
A dental implant is a permanent replacement for all parts of the tooth. It is comprised of three parts: the titanium post, the abutment, and the restoration.
The Titanium Post
—Inserted directly into the jaw bone
—Titanium is unique in that it bonds with living bone tissue (also used in knee and hip replacement surgery)
—Can be made of gold, porcelain or titanium
—Permanently attached to the post (it will not slip and slide like dentures)
The Restoration (Crown)
—Usually made of porcelain fused to a metal alloy (PFM)
—Is made to match the color of surrounding teeth
—Will look as good or better than the tooth it replaced
Dental implant surgery is not an experimental treatment. The innovative materials and techniques have been tested and refined for several decades.
Moreover, it has been carried out by dentists and prosthodontists for over thirty years.