Dental implant restorations are premier choices for replacing missing teeth or teeth beyond other restoration options. The implant can simulate a single tooth or multiple teeth and is integrated naturally into the bone, replicating a natural tooth root. This allows the dental implant to preserve facial structure by preventing the surrounding bone and tissue deterioration that would inevitably occur without a replacement.
Replacing a missing tooth with dental implants allows the functionality to brush, floss, laugh, and eat comfortably while maintaining a healthy, natural-looking smile.
What is a Dental Implant?
In the procedure of replacing a missing tooth, an implant is a dental appliance that will act as the new tooth’s root or foundation. Implants are tiny screws that are either made out of zirconium or titanium. Whether you are replacing one or multiple teeth will determine how many dental implants you need.
We will surgically place implants into the jaw bone where the previous, natural tooth root was located. After surgery, the implant needs to heal and assimilate to the jawbone to be a stable foundation for the artificial tooth. After the jawbone recovers and your mouth adjusts to the implant, the implant can serve as the foundation for the replacement dental crown.
What Type of Restorations are Available?
When looking into restoring a tooth or multiple teeth in your smile, it might help to look into alternative restorative dental options as well as dental implants.
- Dental Crowns: Crowns in dentistry are customized, artificial tooth caps we can use to restore the function and anatomy after a natural tooth has been significantly damaged from decay or replaced with a dental implant. Dental crowns are only used with implants when the patient needs one tooth replaced. Crowns are fabricated to match the size and shade of all surrounding teeth.
- Dental Bridges: If you are missing one or more teeth in a row, you might look into dental bridges. Bridges are several artificial teeth attached to replace a missing tooth or several missing teeth. When using a dental bridge and implants, typically, two implants are implanted to provide adequate support.
- Dentures: Dental implants can sometimes support and make entire rows of artificial teeth permanent. If you have most of your teeth missing or they are not strong enough to perform their needed functions, dentures might be the best way to restore your entire smile.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- Permanent: The main benefit of having a dental implant replace a missing tooth is that it becomes a permanent part of your smile. With other replacement options, they are removable, which also means they might come loose. Although they are great replacement options, they might not work for patients looking for a more stationary and permanent fix.
- Durable: The implant itself and the artificial restoration are made of strong and durable materials. The restorations can either be made out of composite resin or porcelain materials. Both are strong and can withstand the pressures of chewing.
- Oral Health: Having a missing tooth that doesn’t get replaced quickly can cause the other surrounding teeth to move out of place, which can cause problems. When we chew and clench our teeth, stimulation passes through our teeth into our jawbone to keep them dense and healthy. Without stimulation, the bone will deteriorate and cause drooping in the face.
- Stunning Appearance: We can secure each dental restoration onto the dental implant to match your smile perfectly. We examine your teeth’s size, shape, and shade and create a beautiful artificial tooth that will fit your smile perfectly.
High-Quality Dental Implants
Dental implants can enhance your smile and improve your dental health. They’re great restorative options if you are missing teeth or have teeth that need extraction.
Call Stoker Family Dental today to look into dental implants in Idaho Falls. Dr. Stoker and his staff would be happy to answer any of your questions about them.