Dental implants provide a permanent and natural looking solution for missing teeth. A dental implant can be used to replace a single tooth or an entire set of missing teeth. For dental implant restoration, Dr. Cain works with her local surgical partner, Dr. Robert Cain. Dr. Robert is a periodontist who works closely with Dr. Cain to coordinate specialized treatment.
It is important to replace missing teeth as quickly as possible to avoid damage to the gums, bone or alignment of the bite. Replacing missing teeth can also improve your quality of life as it will no longer be difficult to eat or speak and you will regain confidence in social situations. Replacing missing teeth with dental implants can make you look younger as teeth serve a very important role in the appearance of the face by supporting the lips and cheeks.
Dental Implants Case Study
Before: The patient’s two front teeth were abscessed and had to be extracted.
After: Two implants were placed where the teeth were missing, a pair of temporary crowns were placed first, then the implants were restored with porcelain dental crowns that look very undetectable.
In order to determine if you are a candidate for dental implants, Dr. Cain will conduct a comprehensive evaluation in which the entire oral system is considered including the teeth, gums, jaw joints and muscles. Using digital x-rays and other diagnostic tools, she will create a personalized treatment plan. Dr. Robert will place the dental implant, a tiny titanium post, into the bone. The dental implant will be allowed to heal and integrate with the natural bone, serving as an artificial root for the new tooth. Once the implant has healed, a dental crown will be secured into place.
With proper care and maintenance, a dental implant is a permanent solution for tooth loss. Materials used in the dental crown will be selected carefully depending on where in the mouth the tooth is being replaced. A dental implant will be virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth and you will be able to eat and drink without special restrictions.
Alternatives to dental implants may include full dentures or partial dentures.