If you are faced with tooth loss, there is an amazing restoration that can get your smile back on track.
While losing a tooth as a child was an exciting time, it’s certainly not exciting to lose a tooth as an adult. In fact, most people are horrified to lose a permanent tooth and often worry that they will have a gap in their smile forever. Don’t worry! Our Eau Claire, WI, dentist, Dr. Christopher Poss, is here to tell you how dental implants could replace your missing teeth for life.
What are dental implants?
Implants are metal restorations that are designed to replace one or more missing teeth. The implant itself is a small metal screw or post that is placed into the jawbone where, over time, it will naturally meld together with bone and tissue to become a permanent structure (this naturally occurring phenomenon is known as osseointegration and it’s what makes implants so reliable and stable as a tooth replacement).
How can they replace missing teeth?
A small hole is drilled into the jawbone to place the implant. Once the implant and jawbone become one the next step is to place an abutment over the top of the implant, which helps to connect the implant (which is nestled in the jawbone under the gums) to the dental restoration (often a dental crown). After the abutment is placed, the next and final step is to secure the custom-made dental crown into place on top of the abutment.
How long do dental implants last?
The great thing about dental implants is that because they fuse together with the jawbone and are made from thick, durable titanium, they are meant to last several decades. If you continue to maintain good oral hygiene and visit our Eau Claire general dentist every six months for cleanings and exams, your implant might just end up lasting the rest of your life.
If you are ready to find out if you should get dental implants in Eau Claire, WI, then it’s time you picked up the phone and called Dr. Poss today. We would be happy to book your next one-on-one to find out if implants are truly the best choice for your smile.