Implants? Crowns? Veneers? Invisible braces? As dental technology and services have expanded, so has the vocabulary. Dentistry has advanced to provide many new solutions that address almost every possible dental problem. For missing teeth, dental implants from Koch Aesthetic Dentistry in Birmingham is an excellent option.
In the past, if a patient had a missing or damaged tooth, dentists regularly suggested dental bridges or dentures, because they were the best options at the time. These days, innovative dental implants have proven to be superior to dental bridges in most cases. They can also replace dentures or anchor dentures for some patients.
A tooth implant provides many essential advantages over a dental bridge or dentures:
Longevity – Dental implants are substantial and permanent, meaning with proper care they can last ten years or more.
Seamless – Fabricated to have the same shape, size and color of the original tooth, the implant will blend seamlessly with all the other teeth. If the original tooth had aesthetic issues, these can commonly be corrected with the implant crown.
Function – A dental implant functions like a natural tooth allowing for normal eating and speaking.
Convenience – Unlike dentures, no adhesives, rinsing, or removal is necessary.
Independent – Like the missing tooth, the dental implant is treated individually. No damaging of adjacent teeth is required, as with dental bridges. This independence allows nearby teeth to remain intact. Cleaning is easier than with most dental bridges which can require the threading of floss under and around the artificial tooth.
Let’s consider the tooth implant protocol:
For dental implant candidates, it begins with plaster dental impressions of both upper and lower plates. We will precisely place the titanium implant, which looks like a dark screw, into the bone of your jaw. Over the next couple of months, the bone and implant will bond together to form a new root for your new tooth.
After the needed time has passed for bonding of the bone and implant, an extension (called an abutment) is placed on top of the initial implant post. This post extension is then capped with a temporary tooth. Meanwhile, the team of professionals at our lab will design your new, permanent crown.
In some cases, the process is even faster. New developments have given us Teeth-in-an-hour dental implants.
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