If you are dealing with tooth loss, it is absolutely imperative that you find a tooth replacement treatment as soon as you can. Restoring your smile will improve your dental aesthetics as well as protect your dental health. One popular and effective tooth replacement treatment is the dental implant. Today our Saint Louis dental implant dentists are giving you some more information about how these replacement teeth are constructed. Let’s get started!
Dental implants are individual replacement teeth—they are designed to sit in the patient’s jawbone tissue, and stay in place permanently.
Because dental implants replace the whole of a missing tooth, not just the visible portion, the foundation of a dental implant is a titanium root. This root is essentially a post or a screw that our dental team implants into the jawbone. Once implanted, the titanium root begins to bond with the natural jawbone tissue.
As our dentists build up your replacement tooth, we cap the titanium root with a connector piece called an abutment. This piece exists to connect your dental crown with you implant root. The abutment forms a secure fit while allowing for enough flexibility and give to prevent the replacement tooth from snapping under the pressure of daily wear and tear.
The final component of the dental implant is the personalized restoration. This is the part of the dental implant that is visible above the gum line; your restoration will be designed to look attractive and natural. When crafting your dental restoration, our team shapes and sizes the crown so that it coordinates with your existing smile and maintains healthy bite surfaces.
Our Saint Louis dental implant dentists are here to give you all of the information that you need about your restorative treatment options. We are here to give you the care and support that you need to reclaim a healthy and complete smile. Please give our dentist a call to learn more and to schedule a personal consultation with our team.