An implant can be placed in many situations where a tooth or teeth have been lost. Dental implants offer the same function as natural teeth. Unlike partial dentures or bridges, dental implants do not require an anchor from neighboring teeth. It can truly be a single tooth solution to a single tooth problem.
Missing teeth can undermine a person’s self confidence and quality of life. It is the most obvious dental malformity and often presents the dentist’s biggest technical challenge. Not only can missing teeth compromise eating habits, speech and appearance, the condition can also lead to bone loss in the jaw and the abnormal shifting of the other teeth as well as bite problems.
A majority of the problems experienced with other tooth replacement therapies have been answered with the invention of dental implants. Also, a patients age is no barrier to the success of implants so it is never too late to have a tooth or teeth replaced.
WHAT IS A DENTAL IMPLANT?
A dental implant is a safe, durable, permanent way to replace a missing tooth, multiple missing teeth and an incredibly successful addition to treatment that involves the entire mouth. A dental implant is essentially an artificial tooth root that is permanently anchored in the upper or lower jaw bone just like natural teeth. They are composed of two main parts: One is the surgical grade, titanium body that is shaped like a tooth root. It is placed under the gums where the natural tooth was originally and then allowed to integrate into the patient’s jaw before being used to replace teeth or anchor dentures. The second part of a dental implant is the tooth-colored crown that is cemented on the top of the implant. This occurs after healing has completed and can be designed in house using CEREC Technology.
At Alabama Smile Design, we utilize implant dentistry to help restore the smiles of our patients. Dr. O’Donnell has successfully placed and restored hundreds of dental implants. As a Fellow in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, you can rest assured that you are in highly skilled hands. Give us a call, we’d love to help you regain your confidence!