At Johns Dentistry, one of our areas of expertise is in Implant Dentistry. While most people are familiar with the more common dental procedures – cleaning, fillings, and root canals – some do not know about implant dentistry and what it can do for them and their oral health.
Of course, it is always the job of your oral health professional to do everything they can to preserve your natural teeth. Unfortunately, this is not always a possibility. For some people, whether due to injury, periodontal disease, or other reasons, losing teeth is an inevitability. When this is true, the ideal tooth replacement procedure may be a dental implant.
Dental implants are a three-part process. First, a man-made titanium root replacement, (known as an anchor) is placed in the jawbone by an implant dentist. After a three to six-month healing period, an abutment (usually made of titanium) is secured to the implant. And finally, a crown is fabricated and secured to the abutment with either a titanium screw or dental cement.
The advantages that dental implants have over natural teeth are numerous: they will never decay or need root canal, and they last longer than natural teeth. To qualify, the patient must have a healthy set of gums and the adequate amount of bone to support the anchor in his/her jaw. Regular dental hygiene care and checkups are also essential.
While losing a tooth is indeed a big deal and patients should always do all that they can to avoid it, it’s also important to realize that it’s not the end of the world should this become inevitable for you. Implant dentistry is a great option if this is your situation.