One of the most effective options for replacing missing teeth or existing teeth that can not be saved is the use of dental implants. Wellington Family Dental and Dr. David Pringle are pleased to offer both implant placement and implant restoration in their office. Offering both parts of the implant procedure in the same office means patients are continuously cared for by the same familiar faces from start to finish.
Dental implants have two parts: the metal stem and the crown. During implant placement, the metal stem is placed within the jawbone and replaces the tooth’s root. During implant restoration, a porcelain white crown is secured to the top of the implant stem, restoring your natural smile and giving you the function and stability you need to chew again.
Why Dental Implants?
If you are missing or have lost a tooth, it can be the source of embarrassment and awkwardness. It effects the way you eat and awkwardly inhibits your natural smile. Over time, the consequences of missing teeth become worse, such as allowing surrounding teeth to drift, limiting the types of food you can eat and the continued loss of bone mass where your tooth used to be. Implant dentistry can restore your dental health by allowing you to eat normally, smile confidently, and brush and floss routinely, just as you would with your natural teeth.
Dental Implants Procedure
Dental implant placement is performed at Wellington Family Dental so that continuity of care is maintained for each patient. A metal anchor, which functions as the tooth’s root, is inserted into your jawbone, and then the gum incision is closed. After the jaw and gums have had enough time to heal and settle, a custom-made dental crown is then placed onto the anchor.
Implant dentistry takes time to complete because the dental implant anchor requires a certain amount of time to fuse to the bone before the replacement tooth can be attached to it. Because every person and procedure are different, this may take a few weeks or a few months.