If you have a missing tooth, or several missing teeth, then you need to replace those teeth for cosmetic and health reasons. Obviously, a missing tooth mars your smile. In addition, however, having even one missing tooth can lead to dietary problems—you may not be able to eat a healthy and balanced diet—and there may be consequences to your self-esteem and confidence, too. Of course, you have options when it comes to choosing a tooth replacement. Among those options, a dental implant is the most lifelike in both form and function.
The secret to the virtually undetectable appearance of a dental implant is that this tooth replacement substitutes for both the root and crown of a tooth. A dental implant consists of a small titanium screw—the root—to which is attached a natural-looking tooth restoration, usually a porcelain crown. Together these create a new false tooth that looks and feels like the rest of your teeth.
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When you come to see Dr. Eick for a consultation to discuss your missing tooth, he will conduct a thorough examination of your teeth and gums to make sure your overall oral health is intact. If you are a qualified candidate for a dental implant—and most people are—then you are on your way to having a lasting and natural-looking smile.
Implanting the biocompatible titanium post requires minor oral surgery to set the implant in your jawbone beneath the open socket of your missing tooth. The healing process will take between three to six months. During this time, the implant will bond with your surrounding bone and gum tissue, thereby creating a strong foundation for the eventual crown. Beyond becoming the base for your new tooth, the implant also serves as a stimulant for healthy new bone growth. Without a root in place, bone tissue begins to atrophy and facial features can change. The post fills in for the root, so you avoid the sunken appearance that commonly happens to people who are missing teeth.
Once you’ve healed, you’ll return to our office where Dr. Eick will attach the crown and complete your tooth restoration. The crown will fit seamless alongside your other teeth.
Dental implants can be the ideal solution for replacing a single tooth or for securing a dental bridge that replaces a row of teeth. In either case, you’ll care for your dental implant the same way you care for your natural teeth; brush at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and be sure to floss at least once a day to remove the plaque that can build up between an implant and a natural tooth.
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If want to replace one or more missing teeth with the most natural-looking option, then call Dr. Eick and schedule a consultation to learn more about dental implants. Dr. Eick is the cosmetic dentist West Lake, OH, turns to for smiles that are beautiful and healthy.