A tooth extraction is generally not the first option for treating dental disorders but sometimes it is necessary for a tooth to be removed. This may be due to a tooth breaking, trauma, decay or gum disease. Should this necessity arise, a dental implant is the ideal restoration to replace the missing tooth.
Dental implants are a permanent, natural-looking solution for restoring a smile that has one or more missing teeth or to be used in dentures to give better retention. An implant is made from medical-grade titanium. The implant resembling a screw, naturally bonds to the bone and becomes the foundation to which a crown, bridge, full or partial denture can be secured.
During the dental implant procedure, Dr. Townsend will surgically place a small titanium screw into your jaw bone. Your implant will then need to heal, allowing the implant to fuse with your jawbone, acting as an artificial tooth root. The healing period typically takes a few months to complete and is an integral part of the procedure. When your implant has healed, it will be able to support the prosthetics of a screw retained crown or denture, replicating a natural functioning tooth. Your dental implants will last you a lifetime with proper care.
If tooth loss is making eating food difficult, or speaking or sharing your smile embarrassing, dental implants are a great aesthetic solution.