A missing or failing tooth can present daily challenges that most of us take for granted. For example, you may not be able to order your favorite dish at lunch anymore because you can’t properly chew your food. You may also feel embarrassed talking with other people because of your missing tooth.
You might not realize, however, that your compromised tooth is also affecting your oral health.
Missing Teeth and Oral Health
Unfortunately, a missing tooth affects more than just your confidence. When your bone doesn’t have a root to support any longer, it will begin to deteriorate. This not only changes the appearance of your face, but it can also mean more tooth loss due to lack of support for your remaining teeth.
Without a replacement, your healthy remaining teeth are also at risk of shifting into the open space left by your missing tooth. This can lead to bite misalignment, which contributes to headaches and joint pain. When your teeth are not aligned correctly, it also increases your risk of sustaining fractures or other damage to your teeth.
Dental implants offer a solution that restores both your root and your tooth.
What Is a Dental Implant?
Comprised of biocompatible materials, a dental implant is placed into your jawbone during a surgical procedure. It takes the place of your root and creates a stable new foundation for your tooth.
The implant itself is made of titanium, which will naturally integrate with your bone. The healing and integration process takes around 3 to 4 months.
After the appropriate healing time has passed, your new tooth, a porcelain crown, is attached to your implant with an abutment. Our doctors will customize your tooth so it offers all the same function you enjoyed with your natural tooth. This means that you’ll be talking, smiling, and chewing with ease again in no time.
Comprehensive Implant Dentistry
At Davis Family Dentistry, we’re proud to offer comprehensive implant treatment to our patients.
This means that while many dentists are referring their patients out for the placement of their dental implants, Dr. Kurtis is able to perform surgical implant placement here at our office. He combines both his extensive training and state-of-the-art computer-guided technology to precisely place your implant and ensure its success. When the appropriate healing time has passed, we’ll use CEREC technology to customize your implant crown and deliver a tooth that will complement your smile for a lifetime.
Patients truly appreciate the fact that they are working with the team they trust throughout their entire implant procedure.
Dental implants are a very reliable treatment procedure as they boast a 95% success rate. They’re also a wise investment in your oral health because they have the potential to last a lifetime with excellent home care and regular dental check-ups with Dr. Kurtis and Dr. Joanne.
Would you like more information about how dental implants can help you reclaim your smile? Give Davis Family Dentistry a call today!