A healthy and happy smile isn’t the only advantage to having a missing tooth replaced. Other benefits such as having the ability to eat your favorite foods and supporting the contours of your face ensure that patients who have missing teeth replaced are able to live their lives exactly as they did before.
When a tooth or teeth are missing, or are so damaged that extraction is necessary, patients can select from several options for restoration. For example, you can have dentures, a bridge and crown appliance, or dental implants. Dr. Sabharwal of the Sabharwal Dental Group says that many of his Woodbridge-area patients who want a permanent fix choose for dental implants.
Implants are replacement tooth roots made from titanium that are inserted into the jawbone. The bone grows and attaches to the implant, a process known as osseointegration. This takes several months; however, it ensures that the bone fuses to the implants keeping them secure and stable. Once that growth process is complete, an abutment is attached to the implant and a crown, or replacement tooth, is attached to the abutment. A patient with dental implants receives a replacement tooth that is created uniquely for him or her. This ensures that the new tooth blends in perfectly with the natural teeth, and that your smile is seamless.
Most individuals with healthy bone and mouth tissue are great candidates for dental implants. To determine if your bone tissue will support a dental implant, your dentist will take x-rays to check for proper bone density and ask questions about your personal habits and health. For example, smokers are more likely to have trouble with the dental implant than non-smokers, because the habit can affect the way the bone fuses to the implant.
Of course, the only way to know for sure if dental implants are the right restoration option for you is with a personal consultation. Call the Sabharwal Dental Group office today to schedule an appointment with our experienced and skilled team.