Losing a permanent adult tooth is often one of the biggest fears a person has in terms of their oral health. Having a gap in their mouth from a missing tooth and a ruined smile can cause a person to experience a great deal of distress. To make matters worse, a lost tooth can make it difficult to chew and speak normally. And when tooth loss is left untreated, a person can develop even more serious conditions. These conditions can include unwanted tooth shifts, severe bite imbalances, jawbone deterioration and facial structure loss. But the good news is that most lost teeth can be successfully replaced through the use of dental implants.
There are two main considerations when replacing a lost tooth. Obviously, a new tooth-like structure needs to be created to serve as the actual replacement tooth. In most cases, this replacement comes in the form of a dental crown or a bridge. This represents the easy part of providing an adequate replacement. The difficult part comes with finding a way to provide strong, reliable and comfortable support for this structure. Natural teeth use roots that extend all the way down to the jawbone. In a sense, dental implants are artificial structures that perform the exact same functions and tasks as natural tooth roots. Thanks to advances in dental technology, the dental implants of today are better than ever. These ingenious devices ensure excellent support, feel incredibly comfortable and provide consistent results.
The dental implants of today are crafted using a special surgical-grade titanium material. This titanium is known for its exceptional strength and its ability to fuse with natural bone material over long periods of time. As the implant fuses with the jawbone, the replacement tooth will begin to feel virtually indistinguishable from a natural one. Additionally, the implant will keep the prosthetic tooth steady and secure at all times, even when the user is talking or chewing food. With all of these advantages, it’s no wonder that dental implants have quickly become one of the leading methods for treating tooth loss.
McLeanSmiles specializes in the use of endosteal implants for replacing lost teeth.
An endosteal implant is a relatively simple structure that is used for supporting a dental crown or a bridge. The structure consists of two primary parts. The first part is the titanium foundation that is surgically inserted into the user’s jawbone. The second part is the supporting post, or abutment, that provides support for the crown or bridge. By receiving strong support from the jawbone, the restoration should never come loose. Additionally, patients appreciate the natural feel of endosteal implants, which only strengthen over time as the titanium material fuses with the jawbone.
The first step to receiving a dental implant and successfully replacing a lost or missing tooth is to make a visit to McLeanSmiles. Please call us at (203) 293-0030 to schedule an appointment.