Dental Implants

By: Dr. Mark C. Gladnick, DDS  01/28/2016
Keywords: Dental Implants, Implant Dentist

When a tooth is lost, the bone that previously surrounded the tooth melts away. When several teeth are missing, the facial structure may collapse as the jaw deteriorates over time. As substitute tooth roots, implants bond with the bone to form a stable foundation for permanent replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. Dental implant treatment restores the beauty of your natural smile. The advantage of dental implants is that they function like your own teeth. A dental implant has a "root" in the form of a post that is inserted between your gum and into the bone. It will hold the replacement crown securely in place and will never decay. Dental implants can also be used to anchor dentures, giving you a stable, tight fit and confidence in your smile. Another advantage is that adjacent teeth do not have to be involved in the replacement procedure. In addition, implants hep to prevent bone loss that occurs when teeth are missing. A tooth implant is accomplished in stages. First, a post is surgically inserted into the gum and jaw bone. In can take up to six months (or less) for the bone to grow around the implant and hold it firmly in place. When the healing is complete the replacement tooth or crown portion of the tooth (the part that you actually see) is fitted to the implant. Once it is cemented in place, no one will able to distinguish it from your natural teeth. Implant surgery can be easily accomplished right in the dental office using a local anesthesia. Sometimes the procedure is done on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. Antibiotics are usually prescribed to guard against infection and your dentist will instruct you on the optimal diet and oral hygiene that will ensure the success of your implant. Implants are not for everyone, and Dr. Gladnick can determine whether or not an implant is appropriate for you. While there are other alternatives, an implant will feel most like your natural teeth!

Keywords: Dental Implants, Implant Dentist

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