One of the most advanced tooth replacement methods that modern dentistry has to offer is dental implants. There is no greater option that offers longer-lasting results and a more natural-looking restoration. Kay's dental implants help preserve the underlying bone that naturally deteriorates after tooth loss.
A dental implant is a small titanium post that gets surgically inserted into the jaw bone and serves as a replacement tooth root. After the healing phase is completed, a custom-made dental crown is placed at the exposed end of the implant. The natural-looking crown is crafted to look, function and feel like your existing teeth.
During the minor oral surgery, your implant dentist will place the post directly into space in the jawbone left vacant by the missing tooth. After several months of healing, a permanent crown will be attached. During the healing phase, the titanium post fuses with the surrounding bone.
There are several ways that dental implants can be used to replace lost teeth:
If you have just one missing tooth, a single dental implant is inserted into the jawbone to replace the lost root. A tooth crown is attached to the top to serve as a replacement tooth. Dental implants have a very high success rate, making this restorative treatment a great long-term investment for replacing one tooth.
When several teeth are missing, dental implants are ideal. Instead of replacing each tooth, implants can act as supports for a fixed bridge or a full denture. For instance, if you have three missing teeth in a row, two dental implants can be placed, one on either side of the empty space, with a crown in between. This is the best scenario because no natural teeth are used to support a bridge. The preparation needed to place a bridge can weaken the tooth structure.
If you are looking to replace one tooth or several teeth, book an appointment for dental implants with our dentist near you today!