If you are missing one or more teeth, it’s important that you discuss with Dr. Burnett how to have those teeth replaced. Choosing to live with missing teeth is a mistake for many reasons. People who don’t replace missing teeth usually end up with much more serious dental problems. Fortunately, there are several ways to replace teeth. One method that has become increasingly popular over the past several years are dental implants. Once you find out more about these remarkable dental appliances, you’ll understand why they have become so popular for patients in the Garland, TX, area and throughout the U.S.
An Introduction to Dental Implants
A dental implant consists of a metal post (usually made from titanium) that is inserted into the jawbone of the patient, in the same place as the missing tooth. Over the course of a few months, the metal fuses to the patient’s jawbone. There is an attachment on top of the post above the gum line called an abutment. After that, a porcelain crown is affixed to the top of the abutment. The end result is a permanent replacement for the missing tooth.
Advantages of Dental Implants
The main advantage patients get when replacing a missing tooth with dental implants: it’s not going anywhere. Because the titanium post becomes fused to the patient’s jawbone, it creates what is basically a new root for the artificial tooth. Then, when the tooth is affixed to the top, the patient simply treats the replacement tooth just the same as any other natural tooth. Patients are free to enjoy their favorite foods and drinks, and they can clean the dental implant in exactly the same way as they do their other natural teeth – by brushing and flossing every day. Not only do dental implants look and function exactly like natural teeth, they’re also extremely strong and durable. In fact, most dental implants last an entire lifetime!
While it’s true that dental implants are remarkable dental appliances and are often an excellent way to replace missing teeth, they may not be the right choice for everyone. Talk to Dr. Burnett to find out whether a dental implant is the best way to replace your missing tooth.