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.
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.
Dental implants are titanium roots that are replaced within the jaw bones to resemble a tooth or a group of teeth. A screw is inserted into the gums and into the jaw bone. A porcelain crown is then attached to the screw to become the new tooth or teeth. They can be used to support dental prestices including crowns dentures and bridges. Today’s treatments are so natural looking no one will know you had surgery.
There is approximately a 95 percent success rate for all implants with modern advancements in dentistry some implants can be restored immediately with life like all porcelain crowns. For more details ask your dentist.
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.
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.