Missing a tooth? Dental implants, or tooth implants as they are sometimes called, are a superior treatment option for replacing missing teeth lost as a result of disease or trauma. What this means is, if you have lost either a tooth or teeth due to gum disease or an injury, while still actively maintaining very good oral health, then dental implants might be just the thing for you.
Accent Dental Solutions are specialists in implant dentistry. Using advanced technology, with a complete focus on your dental care and comfort, we will give provide you with what you need. Find out more about principal dentist Dr. Matt Sumner.
While it can get pretty technical, essentially a dental tooth implant provides a natural tooth replacement solution that perfectly emulates your missing tooth or missing teeth. They offer long lasting results, and best of all look, feel and function like your natural teeth.
The advantage of a dental implant is they allow a permanent teeth replacement system that is stable, does not rely on neighbouring teeth for support, and does not require healthy teeth to be cut down.
Dental implants help promote bone growth, thus creating facial appearance improvements by preventing premature aging (due to facial muscles sagging inwards when bone is lost). Because tooth implants act as your natural teeth, they are also comfortable. Plus, with good maintenance they can last up to 30 years.
For a tooth replacement option that has superior longevity, protects the rest of your teeth, is good for your jawbone (and thus how your face holds its shape), plus looks and feels like natural teeth, dental implants are the solution you need. For more than one teeth, implant supported bridges are also a wonderful alternative to traditional dental bridges, because they conserve all available tooth structure.
If you have a healthy mouth and good general health, then you are probably a good candidate for implant dentistry, although there are some situations where other dental treatments are more suitable, so be sure to check out "Are dental implants right for me?".
Importantly, successful treatment requires adequate jawbone to allow dental implants to be properly placed, and to ensure good retention. As with your regular teeth, dental implants require regular and thorough cleaning, along with ongoing dental maintenance; find out more about maintenance and longevity of tooth implants.
If you are missing a tooth, one dental implant and a crown can replace it. If you are missing several teeth, then implant supported bridges can replace them. An implant supported bridge is very similar to an ordinary bridge, but with one critical difference - the bridge is supported on either side by dental implants, as opposed to your natural teeth. This being the case, the adjacent teeth to the bridge are not compromised in tooth structure (part of the process in making a traditional dental bridge is grounding down supporting teeth to make room for the dental crown which provides structural support to the bridge); instead they are dental implants in their own right.
Before going ahead you may want to know more about the pros and cons of tooth implants (versus other dental treatment options). We hope this helps and we look forward to welcoming you into our practice. Find out more here for new patients or about principal dentist Dr. Matt Sumner.
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