If you are missing one or more teeth, or if you have difficulty eating certain foods or speaking clearly due to tooth loss, dental implants may be the solution for you. Nothing can take the place of a healthy set of teeth, but when disease or an accident ends in tooth loss, it's good to know that there are options for restoring your smile. Dr.Pawlus understands the importance of giving patients options because not everyone is a good candidate for implants. Implants require surgery, and patients must have healthy gums as well as adequate bone to support the implant. Dental implants are small screws that act as artificial tooth roots when placed in the jawbone. They are made from titanium, a metal well accepted by the body and one that can form a strong bond with the bone to create a stable foundation. An abutment is then fitted to the top part of the implant to create an anchor for the placement of a crown, bridge, or prosthesis. Dental implants have been used successfully in millions of people worldwide. Many patients choose implants to replace a single tooth, several teeth, or to support a full set of dentures. Regular dental visits are essential to the life and long-term success of your implant.
A single tooth implant is a free standing unit and does not involve treatment to the adjacent teeth. This may help eliminate the need to grind down healthy adjacent teeth as required by traditional crown and bridge procedures.
It is important to use an implant if you are missing one or more teeth. If a missing tooth is not replaced, the surrounding teeth can shift. Harmful plaque and tarter can collect in new hard to reach places created by shifting teeth. Over time, this may lead to tooth decay and periodontal disease. Bone loss can also occur in the region of the missing tooth.
This video shows how a tooth implant procedure is done.
Implant-supported Bridges and Dentures
Dental implants may be used to support a bridge when several teeth are missing. The bridge replaces the lost natural teeth and some of the tooth roots. An implant bridge does not require support from adjacent teeth.
This video shows how a complete lower implant bridge is done.