One way that a missing tooth (or teeth) can be replaced is through a dental implant. A dental implant is a metal post that is placed into the bone in the space where the tooth is missing. The dental implant functions like the root of the tooth. Dental implants are made of titanium, which is as strong as steel and also a very light metal. A natural looking prosthetic (false) tooth is then placed over the implant so that you can chew and smile. The entire process takes 4 to 12 months– depending upon how well you heal and what steps are performed.
While you should do everything you can to maintain your natural teeth, if you do lose a natural tooth, dental implants are a safe and efficient way to restore a missing tooth back to looking good and functioning for chewing purposes.
Dental implants are cared for the way you would care for a natural tooth—brush, floss, and see your dentist for regular check-ups. You should also refrain from smoking to help ensure the continued success of your implanted tooth. Your dentist will take an x-ray of the implant once a year to make sure the bone remains healthy and that the implant is secure.
If you want more information about dental implants to replace missing teeth, Waltzer Berry Dental Associates can help you!