Dental Implant Restoration
Dental Implants – A Permanent Tooth Replacement Option
Until recently, patients had few options for replacing missing teeth. Dental implants have proven to be an effective, durable alternative for tooth replacement that is changing the lives and improving the oral health of many patients. While they have only recently become well-known, dental implants have actually been used successfully for over 25 years.
Dr. Kansal has received extensive training in all areas of dentistry and is committed to continuing education in order to provide his patients with the highest quality dental care available. With over 30 years of practice in our Marietta dentist office, the team at Cobb Smiles Dental have developed long-lasting relationships with our patients because of our commitment to friendly, caring dental care.
What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is actually a small titanium post that, when implanted in the jaw bone, acts as a replacement root for the missing tooth. Because of its biocompatible properties, the implant integrates fully with the jaw bone and provides a stable foundation for the restoration that will be placed on top of it. Dental implants may be used to replace one tooth or several missing teeth. They may also be used to stabilize dental bridges and dentures.
Replacing missing teeth is not just important from an aesthetic perspective, but it is also critical to protecting your overall oral health. A root stabilizes your natural tooth, but when the tooth is lost, that stable base is gone. This can cause deterioration of the jaw bone, a common result of missing teeth. Replacing teeth is also important because the space caused by a missing tooth allows surrounding teeth to gradually drift out of proper alignment.
What Does Getting a Dental Implant Involve?
A dental implant is comprised of three separate pieces: the implant, the abutment, and the restoration. First, the implant is surgically placed in the jaw bone and allowed to heal until the implant fully integrates with surrounding bone. Next, a piece called an abutment is attached to the implanted post. The abutment extends slightly below the gumline and provides a base for a dental restoration. Finally, a dental crown is created that will blend in perfectly with the surrounding natural teeth.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
Dr. Kansal has been placing dental implants at our Marietta dentist office for many years with great success. With proper placement by a qualified oral surgeon, the implant itself can literally last a lifetime. The crown portion of the implant should be treated with the same care as any other dental restoration. Eventually the crown may need to be replaced, but proper oral hygiene, regular dental exams, and professional cleanings can greatly extend the life of the restoration.
If you’ve been troubled by missing teeth and would like to learn more about dental implants, please contact our office. We will schedule time to sit down with you and discuss all your options, including dental implants.