A missing tooth is far more than a cosmetic issue. Over time the remaining teeth can shift, eventually pulling out of their sockets to fill the empty space. Henderson dental implants are usually the best treatment choice for patients who have one or more missing teeth. For more information about dental implants, continue reading our handy guide below.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are designed to be long-term replacements that your dentist surgically places into the jawbone. Dental implants are not removable, and will not slip out of place.
Dental implants consist of three parts: the titanium implant itself which is fused with the jawbone; the abutment, which fits over the portion of the implant that rises above the gum line; and the visible crown that is designed to look like a natural tooth. The crown is created by a restorative dentist or a prosthodontist.
What are the advantages of dental implants?
Dental implants are a superior option to dental bridges or dentures when a tooth or many teeth are missing. These conventional methods of tooth replacement can contribute to gum and bone loss. Because dental implants are fused with the bone, they help to preserve the strength and structure of the jawbone, and provide better stability. This means that dental implants will not slip or click as traditional dentures do, and they allow you to eat your favorite foods and remain comfortable. Many patients report improved self-confidence and better quality of life than they had when they wore traditional dentures.
What is involved in getting dental implants
Dental implants require the patient to work together with a team of dental professionals, including their dentist, a restorative dentist, and an oral maxillofacial surgeon. First, the dentist will evaluate the patient’s condition and take digital x-rays. Once this is done, the oral and maxillofacial surgeon will surgically place the titanium implants into the patient’s jaw. Once the implants have stabilized, the restorative dentist will make an impression of your jaws. This impression will be used to make the model for your dentures or crowns. Finally, the restoration will be placed on top of the implants.
If you have a missing tooth or teeth, or if you wear conventional dentures and you are wondering if you would be a good candidate for dental implants, we can help. Call Kenneth Hill, DDS for a consultation today at (702) 897-7267. Our friendly and experienced professionals can answer any questions you may have, and we look forward to speaking with you and addressing your concerns.