Missing one or more teeth can be tough. Empty gaps often leave people feeling embarrassed or uncomfortable with their smile. If left untreated, the surrounding teeth can shift and fall into the gap, severely affecting a person’s bite and ability to eat and speak normally.
While dental bridges are the best option for some, they cannot truly replace a missing tooth. Because they are cemented to the teeth next to them, bridges can often put unnecessary stress on the surrounding teeth. That is why at Mary Ellen Wynn, DDS, we often recommend dental implants for those who are missing one or more teeth.
What is a dental implant?
First things first, dental implants are synthetic tooth roots made of titanium that are used to replace one or more missing teeth from the base up. They are placed directly inside the jawbone — providing the support your bones and oral structure needs to stay healthy. Implants are typically considered the best long-term solution to replacing missing teeth because they fuse to the natural bone to provide a lifelike bond and they look and feel like a natural tooth.
What does the implant process involve?
Placing an implant begins with surgically placing an implant “post” into the jawbone. Dr. Wynn will refer you to a highly qualified periodontist in the area for your surgery. The surgeon will provide you with detailed instructions on how to care for the implant until your mouth has fully healed.
Once the area around your implant has healed, you will be ready to receive your permanent crown. Your periodontist and their team will design and install an abutment and Dr. Wynn will place a dental crown, to serve as your tooth, on top of the abutment. Your new tooth will look and feel just like a natural one. Once the implant has healed and fused to the jawbone, it will be able to support the pressure of biting and chewing just like your original tooth.
How long will an implant last?
Implants can last a lifetime with proper care. However, if your crown becomes damaged or breaks at any point, Dr. Wynn will be able to restore your synthetic tooth back to its original strength.
If you are interested in learning more about dental implants and implant restorations, contact Mary Ellen Wynn, DDS in Cincinnati. Together, we can decide if a dental implant is the right option for your treatment plan.
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