Regardless of if you are missing one tooth or all of your teeth, you may feel as though there is no saving your smile. However, there is an answer to your problem. Dental implants can give you back your smile and restore your biting surface to make eating, speaking, and chewing easier. Learn more about dental implants with help from your Philadelphia, PA dentists at Gilbert Dental Care.
How does a dental implant work?
Dental implants are made up of three separate parts:
- Fixture: The implant’s fixture is a very small titanium post which your Philadelphia dentist implants into the jawbone underneath the gum line. Over time, the fixture integrates into the bone, becoming a permanent part of your mouth. This essentially takes the place of the missing tooth’s root and provides a sturdy foundation for the replacement tooth.
- Abutment: The implant’s abutment connects the fixture to the replacement tooth.
- Prosthesis: Customized in a dental laboratory, the implant’s prosthetic tooth or teeth attaches to the implant itself to fill in your gap. The prosthetic tooth can be a dental crown, dental bridge, or a full denture.
What can dental implants do for me?
- Single Tooth Replacement: Replacing a single tooth requires a single implant to replace the tooth’s root and hold a dental crown in place.
- Multiple Tooth Replacement: If you are missing several teeth in a row, two implants on either side of the gap anchor a dental bridge in place. The bridge has several prosthetic teeth in a row with anchor points on both ends.
- Full Arch Replacement: Implant-supported dentures require several implants strategically placed throughout the arch. After successful integration, the implants give a permanent or removable denture a base on which to attach.
Who is a good candidate for dental implants?
Much like a muscle, when a bone is no longer used, it begins to atrophy. One of the side effects of a missing tooth is the breakdown of the bone underneath the gap due to lack of stimulation. Dental implants require sufficient bone volume to integrate into. Additionally, good candidates for dental implants are in good general and dental health and able to undergo general anesthesia as required by the procedure.
For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Steve Gilbert, and Dr. Carlos Velez, DDS at Gilbert Dental Care in Philadelphia, PA. Call (215) 972-0406 to speak with an associate about scheduling your consultation for dental implants today!