Possibly one of the greatest leaps forward in dental care is the advent of the dental implant. Implants are an extremely effective way to replace missing teeth. They stay in your mouth permanently and are effectively a complete replacement for the lost tooth or teeth.
So what exactly is involved with replacing a tooth with an implant? What is an Implant?
Let me start with the second question first.
An implant is essentially a fairly slim piece of metal designed to imitate the missing root of the tooth that was removed. The material the implant is made of is very compatible to the body. So much so that the bone grows right into the implant and it physically becomes a part of you.
The implant itself is just the root substitute. To complete the look of a tooth and to make it fully functional, a crown needs to be placed on the implant.
As to how implants are placed: unfortunately it’s not by magic. Implants are placed surgically.
To be fair the surgery is really pretty minor. But to most of us the term “surgery” is enough to make us decide against the process. Don’t.
If you would consider getting a tooth out then you should be fine with the process of placing an implant. Patients generally tell us that the surgery was similar to the discomfort associated with taking a tooth out. If you are thinking of getting an implant that means you survived getting a tooth out, so by all means get the implant.
At pleasant Dental we have one of our referred surgeons place the implant. Why? Well personally, I just prefer those with the most surgical expertise perform the placement. This increases the likelihood of success (yes implants sometimes fail but are in the area of 98% successful when done properly).
We place the final crown on the implant. The crown, for those who don’t know, is the part on the top of the implant that makes it look and function like a tooth. That’s our job and we do it well.
By the way when replacing a single tooth then implant is similar in cost to the more traditional bridge. However, the implant is a far better option. Call us and find out why.
Dr. Dean Dietrich founded Pleasant Dental with the vision of serving his community by providing high-value comfortable care. Dr. D. has over 30 years of expertise and continues to be very passionate about his work. He and team enjoy caring for fearful patients and providing care in a unique upbeat, even fun way.