The roots of your teeth are important in maintaining the health and integrity of the rest of your mouth. Plus, your oral health is vital to your overall health!
If you are suffering from a missing tooth or teeth, you understand the frustration and embarrassment that comes along with it. You can restore your smile with crowns, bridges, or dentures, which look great cosmetically and allow you to regain the function of your teeth, but there’s still an important part of the equation missing – the tooth root.
When a missing tooth is allowed to remain missing, many things begin to happen that can have negative consequences for surrounding teeth, as well as the rest of your mouth, and even your bone and facial structure:
Dental implants are essentially prosthetic tooth roots. They are tiny titanium posts that are surgically inserted into the gums to replace the root of the tooth. A period of time is required, anywhere from two to six months, for the implant to actually fuse with the jawbone and become a fully functioning, fully integrated component of your new healthy smile.
Once the implant has successfully fused and healed, we can then move forward with a restoration depending on your individual needs, whether that’s a crown, bridge, or dentures. Implants are the most recommended tooth replacement solution today, by doctors and patients alike.