WHAT’S WRONG WITH MISSING A TOOTH?
A missing tooth’s purpose included acting as a chewing surface, holding its place with regard to adjacent teeth, maintaining the bone structure where it was rooted and many other structural and preventative roles. Without that tooth in place, surrounding teeth can shift; causing gaps and making decay more likely. Bone loss and damage can occur, the area can become more apt to periodontal disease and the list goes on.
WHAT IS A DENTAL IMPLANT?
To avoid bone loss, to maintain the proper spacing of your teeth and to avoid the maladies associated with a missing tooth, an implant may be required. An implant will fill the space that your missing tooth once held. A dental implant is a small prosthetic post that is placed into the bone of the upper or lower jaw. The post functions as the root portion of the lost natural tooth and serves as an anchor for the artificial tooth. Once the post has settled and the spot healed, an artificial tooth is attached to it and fills the space.
LOOKS AND FEELS LIKE NATURAL TEETH
A dental implant often gives back a patient’s confidence in their smile, the ability to eat comfortably and a clean, healthy oral environment. Dental implants look and feel exactly like natural teeth. No one other than you and your dentist will be able to tell the difference. There are many different types of dental implants available. East Mall Family Dental staff would be pleased to discuss the benefits of implant prosthetics with you.
What IS THE PROCEDURE?
Our dentist will do a complete and thorough valuation of your teeth and gum to make sure that your dental implants closely match your natural teeth. We will examine your jawbone in relation to how many teeth you plan on having replaced with implants. If you have any heart conditions or orthopedic implants, our dentist may prescribe certain antibiotics before the surgery to help prevent infection.
During the procedure, we will remove the damaged tooth if it hasn’t already come out. The jawbone is then prepped for surgery, which may include some measure of bone grafting. We insert the implant into the gum line once the jawbone heals.
We recommend you arrange for a friend or family member to drive you to and from the surgery because you’ll be in no condition to drive yourself after the procedure.