Have you heard of Dental Implants? Ever wonder what they are or how they work? We’re often asked this question at Positive Dental and thought we would share some information on our blog.
Dr. Dave Robinson says that if you need a dental implant, there are some Positive side benefits. The biggest is that your implant will help prevent the loss of more bone and surrounding teeth by lessening the load on your surrounding teeth. This ultimately saves other teeth.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a prosthetic replacement for a missing tooth. Natural teeth consist of the crown and the root. The crown is the visible section that is covered with white enamel. Supporting the crown is the tooth root, which extends into the jawbone.
The following picture will help you to see how this amazing dental technology and procedure works.
The root is the part of the tooth that is effectively replaced by an implant. The implant is a small sturdy, titanium post that serves the same purpose as your root structure would for a natural tooth. It is placed into your upper or lower jawbone. After the bone has grown around the implant, a crown or bridge is built on the implant to create a new tooth.
Implants are similar to your natural teeth and result in your ability to eat most anything you want, increased confidence and self-esteem. They require the same maintenance as natural teeth; including brushing, flossing and regular dental check-ups.
Dental Implants: Am I a good candidate?
Generally speaking, if you have lost teeth you are a candidate for dental implants. To receive implants, you need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant.
Every patient has specific needs. The Doctors at Positive Dental will evaluate your specific dental conditions to determine the treatment approach that provides the best long-term functional and aesthetic results; and discuss the options with you.
And if you are worried about the process consider this. According to Dr. Dave Robinson dental implant placement is easier for the patient than removing the tooth that the implant replaces; there is virtually no trauma involved.
Set up an appointment today to learn if Dental Implants will provide the best functional and aesthetic results for your smile! Call (970) 482-6034 or e-mail to schedule your appointment.