Replacing The Entire Tooth
When you suffer from tooth loss, you are not only missing the visible portion of your tooth. You lose your roots, as well, which can have an effect on your ability to eat and speak. For patients seeking a complete tooth replacement that restores your tooth from roots to crown, consider dental implants. By scheduling a visit with us at Riverside Dental Group, we can evaluate your smile to determine which type of implant solution may work for your needs.
Dental implants make up one portion of your entire tooth replacement. This may cause some confusion because patients typically refer to the entire replacement as an “implant.” However, they are made of three parts:
- Dental Implant: The implant only replaces your tooth’s roots. Composed of titanium, it will bond with your jawbone after we place it through a surgical procedure. You will recover over the course of three to four months before we can complete the prosthetic.
- Abutment: We will place the abutment – an accessory piece – into the top of the implant to connect the implant post to your visible tooth replacement.
- Restoration: We will “restore” your implant, which means we will place an artificial tooth that rests above your gumline. For single replacements, we will use a beautiful dental crown. To replace multiple teeth, we may place a partial or full denture.
First, you must be healthy enough to undergo surgery to become a candidate for a dental implant. Because your jawbone will support the post, we will need to examine the strength and density of your jawbone. If you have suffered from deterioration, we may first offer gum grafting, a treatment that will replace or assist in the regeneration of missing tissue.