No one wants to lose a natural tooth. However, when a tooth is lost due to disease or accident, it is good to know that there are options for replacing it. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots, made of titanium, that are placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth, bridge or denture. Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other cause.
A missing tooth can cause many problems. Bone loss can occur in the region due to lack of bone stimulation. Also, teeth on either side or the tooth above the missing tooth may begin to shift, causing problems with the way your teeth come together.
- The implant is placed by our periodontist here in the office
- The implant integrates into the bone during the healing process.
- Once the healing is complete, an abutement and crown are fabricated by Dr Seligman to replace the missing tooth.
- For multiple missing teeth, implants can be used to anchor bridges, partial dentures or full dentures.
The key benefit of dental implants over other tooth replacement systems is that an implant connects directly to the jaw bone. It also provides tooth replacement without affecting adjacent teeth. They also feel very natural once restored, will not get tooth decay and are easily maintained by brushing and flossing.