Are you missing a tooth?
Missing teeth are a common occurrence, but they have an extensive impact on your dentistry and your self-esteem. Whether you lost a tooth to extraction or you have a congenitally missing tooth, we have solutions that can help you have a comfortable, healthy, attractive smile.
Dental implants are one of the biggest advancements we’ve seen in the past few decades of dentistry. We would love to discuss the unique advantages this restorative treatment can provide.
What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a tooth replacement option that can be an alternative to – or used in conjunction with – other tooth replacement systems like bridges or dentures.
The implant itself is a titanium screw that is placed surgically in your dental bone. At Hurley Family Dentistry, we have great relationships with local oral surgeons and periodontal specialists who have many years of experience in placing implants.
Once placed, the screw integrates with your bone structure to become a permanent part of your dentistry. At this point, the implant functions like an artificial root. This is what gives dental implants their unique advantage over traditional bridges and dentures.
The Advantages of the Artificial Root
While a bridge or a denture can look natural and fill in the space left by a missing tooth, it only serves to replace the part of your tooth that appears above the gumline. Your tooth’s roots are a crucial part of your dentistry and serve several important purposes, including holding the tooth in place, providing sensation to the tooth, and maintaining the vitality of the tooth.
Your roots also have a relationship with your periodontal bone structure. Their presence stimulates the bone to maintain itself and stay healthy. When a tooth is lost, this relationship ends. Without the stimulus of the root, your bone begins to lose density. Over time, this can lead to additional lost teeth and even changes in your facial structure.
The artificial root of the dental implant restores this relationship and allows the bone to continue maintaining itself. This advantage and the permanence and natural look and feel of dental implants are what make this restorative treatment the gold standard in tooth replacement.
Placing and Restoring Your Implant
Once we determine that you are a good candidate for a dental implant system, we will refer you to the specialist who will place your artificial root. We then allow time for you to heal and for the root to integrate. When you have been cleared by the specialist, you’ll return to our practice and we will restore your new root.
Artificial roots can be used to hold in place a crown, bridge, or even dentures. We will discuss your options and provide our recommendations. These will depend on several factors, including the number and location of the teeth that are missing.
We’ll design your restoration to look natural and blend in beautifully with your existing dentistry. We’ll also discuss appropriate home care. Regular visits for examinations and cleanings will help keep your restoration in great shape for decades.
Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?
The best way to find out is to call our office and request a consult with either Dr. Charles or Dr. Emily Hurley. We’ll discuss your goals, review your dental health, and help you make informed decisions about your dental care.