Dental problems can be painful and sometimes embarrassing, but there is a solution you might consider, dental implants. Dr. Kris Owens of Owens Periodontics joined us in the studio along with dental implant coordinator Beth Schwartz with more details.
- Increase chewing function and taste
- Improve speech
- Preserve remaining natural teeth
- Provide increased comfort
- Improve self-esteem
- Eliminate partials/dentures
- Ensure tooth stability
- Eliminate adhesives
- Reduce bone loss
- Restore natural tooth appearance
A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. If you compare natural teeth to implant-supported replacement teeth, you’ll see they have the same basic parts. Both have a crown (the visible part used to chew food). Both have a root that holds the tooth securely under the gum and is anchored into the jaw. The difference is that the implant is made of titanium – the same time-tested material used by surgeons for artificial joints. When you lose a tooth, you lose both the root and the crown. To replace the tooth, Dr. Owens first replaces the root with a small dental implant.
Time is allowed for bone to heal and grow around the dental implant. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. A support post (abutment) is then placed on the implant and a new replacement tooth (crown) is placed on top of the abutment. In some cases a temporary replacement tooth can be attached to the implant immediately after it is placed. If all of your teeth are missing, a variety of treatment options are available to support the replacement teeth.Candidates for Dental Implants Include:
- People missing single or multiple teeth regardless of the cause
- Long term denture wearers who want something non-removable
- Anyone finished growing (typically 18 years+)
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