If you have a missing tooth, it’s a good idea to have that gap filled as soon as possible. Even one missing tooth can cause many problems for your entire mouth. Over time the remaining teeth will migrate into the gap and this can create bite and alignment problems, as well as bone loss and gum recession.
How it’s done:
There are two visits. In the first one, One of our excellent doctors will painlessly insert the implant. Then there’s a waiting period while the bone painlessly grows around the implant, incorporating it firmly. The implant has tiny grooves which help the bone connect to it. While this is happening, you can wear a temporary false tooth.
In the second visit, an artificial tooth is attached to the implant. The implant protrudes a little from the gum, and this part, called an abutment, is where the new tooth is connected. The new tooth is porcelain, and matches the color of your natural teeth.
After a short while, you’ll forget you ever had a missing tooth. The implant and new tooth will function and feel like your other natural teeth and will be indistinguishable visually.
If tooth decay, gum disease or trauma has caused you to lose a tooth, please contact us today. Time is an important factor when teeth are missing, and one of our skilled doctors can help bring back your full dental function and your bright smile in no time.
To view before and after photos of patients who have undergone implant dentistry, please visit our Smile Gallery.