You may have lost your tooth but you don't have to settle for a permanent gap in your smile. Dental implants offer a simple way to restore your smile. Dr. Paul Culver, your Brookfield, WI dentist, answers a few questions about implants.
What are implants?
Dental implants act as artificial tooth roots. They're made of titanium, a metal that bonds to bone. Once the implant fuses to your jawbone, your dentist adds a connector piece called an abutment on top, then adds a lifelike crown on top of that.
How do I receive dental implants?
Dental implants require a multi-step process. During your first implant appointment, the implant is placed in your jawbone. Since the gum will be closed over the implant, no one will be able to see it. It usually takes about three to six months for the dental implant to bond to your bone. If your jawbone is shallow or weak, you may need a bone graft before you can receive the implant.
Once bonding is complete, the implant will be uncovered and the abutment will be connected to it. A few weeks after this step, you'll receive your new crown, the only part of your new tooth that will be visible.
Why should I consider an implant?
If you don't replace your tooth, these things can happen:
- Your Teeth Will Shift: Your teeth will be on the move in an attempt to close up your gap. Unfortunately, as they start to move, they'll begin to overlap, which can affect your appearance and your bite and make brushing and flossing harder.
- Your Jawbone May Weaken: Teeth aren't just used to chew, but also play an important role in keeping your jawbone healthy. Once you lose a tooth, the jawbone underneath may begin to weaken and shrink, which may trigger further tooth loss.
- Chewing Will Be Harder: Chewing can be difficult when there's a gap in your teeth. If your missing tooth was a molar, you might find that it's much more of a challenge to chew sticky or hard foods.
Are you ready to improve your smile with dental implants? Call Dr. Culver, your Brookfield, WI dentist, at (262) 782-1655 to schedule your appointment.