Broken, missing or non-restorable tooth?
At Wasilla Dental Center we are capitalizing on dental technology by assisting with your implant needs. In the past, the most common solution for single tooth replacements was the use of the bridge. Thanks to technological advancements, dentists are now able to replace the defective tooth with a freestanding, fully functioning tooth without involving its neighbors.
Call 376-5315 today to schedule a consolation and let us take care of your needs.
More from the American Dental Association
If you are missing one or more teeth, there are many reasons why you should replace them:
• You may not like how the gap looks when you smile.
• Missing teeth may affect how you speak.
• A missing molar tooth can make it harder to chew.
• When a tooth is lost and not replaced, the teeth around it can shift.
• Bone loss can occur around the missing tooth. This may cause the remaining teeth to become loose over time.
• Loss of teeth and bone can make your face sag. You may look older.
What is involved in implant placement?
Many kinds of implants are available. Treatment can only take one day, or it can take several months, or somewhere in between. Your dentist and you can discuss which type of implant is best for you.
Implant treatment usually involves three basic steps:
Placement of the Implant
Your dentist will carefully locate where the implant should be placed, using x-rays or other pictures. Then the dentist surgically places the implant into the jawbone. You may have some swelling and/or tenderness after surgery. Your dentist may prescribe pain medicine to ease the discomfort. During the healing process, your dentist may tell you to eat soft foods.
What makes an implant so strong is that the jawbone grows around it and holds it in place. This process called osseointegration takes time. It may be several months before the implant is completely integrated into the bone. Then you can get the permanent replacement tooth or teeth. In many cases, the implant and temporary replacement teeth can be placed in one visit.
Placement of the Prosthesis (replacement tooth or teeth)
For a single tooth implant, the dentist custom makes a new tooth for you, called a dental crown. It is designed to look just like your other teeth. Implant-supported bridges and dentures are also custom made to look like natural teeth and to fit your mouth. The replacement teeth are attached to the implant posts.
Replacement teeth usually take some time to make. In the meantime, your dentist may give you a temporary crown, bridge or denture. This will help you eat and speak normally until the permanent replacement teeth are ready.
Information provided by ADA Patient Education Brochures