Dr. Angela Britt, DMD
If you have missing teeth and would like to smile with confidence once again, dental implants are an economical and long-term dental solution that may be the perfect option for you.
Unfortunately, when you lose a tooth, there is subsequent bone loss under the surface, which can negatively affect the remaining teeth. Without replacing the missing tooth (or teeth), the face loses a portion of its necessary structure and can cause a shift in the surrounding teeth. This can also lead to additional oral aesthetic and bite issues that can affect the jaw muscles, jaw joints, and even your skin and ability to eat the foods that nourish your body.
The dental implant procedure is a multi-tiered system that begins with a small titanium replacement for the root system that fuses to the bone and is attached to a new crown.
To begin, Dr. Britt will first examine the area to determine if there is enough space and bone left to proceed with the dental implant procedure. The longer the tooth has been missing, the more likely the bone has deteriorated. However, in this case, a relatively routine procedure known as bone grafting can be used to regenerate new bone.