Tooth loss as an adult is not the exciting milestone it is as a child. In fact, it can be pretty devastating. Functionally and aesthetically, it changes your smile. You have a gap in your teeth which can lead to problems with eating or bone loss. Your dental team may recommend a dental implant procedure for smile restoration. In Mesa, Arizona, My Time Dental Centers offers dental implants to improve smiles marred by missing teeth.
Without a tooth in place, dental issues ensue. The adjacent teeth may shift, and bacteria may collect in the gap from the missing tooth. Moreover, the tooth root has the important job of stimulating the jawbone and keeping the bone healthy. A missing tooth will result in the bone breaking down, leading to oral problems or a sunken facial appearance. Dental implants prevent each of these issues from arising.
Dental implants are small posts or screws that are positioned to replace missing teeth. With precise placement in the jaw, the implant takes the place of the tooth root. An implant can then be topped with a crown for a natural-looking tooth replacement. If implants replace more than one tooth, they may be topped with a dental bridge or denture.
When dental implants are used for smile restoration, multiple procedures and appointments are necessary. Depending on the patient’s needs, the following procedures may be involved:
The dental implant procedure may be planned before a tooth is actually lost. For example, if a patient is experiencing severe tooth decay, the affected tooth may need to be extracted to prevent further damage to the mouth. Implants can be planned to follow the extraction to prevent bone loss and functionality issues.
Additionally, if a tooth has been missing for a while, bone loss may have already started. In these cases, the jawbone must first be prepped before implant placement. Since adequate bone structure is necessary to support the implant, bone grafts may be required to build up the jawbone.
Once the jawbone is strong enough, the implant is positioned in the gap to replace the tooth’s root. The jawbone and surrounding areas need time to heal so osseointegration (when the implant and bone become one) can occur. Then, an abutment and restoration are attached to the implant. The number of missing teeth determines the restoration to be used. This may be a single crown, a bridge, or an implant-supported denture. The end result is a natural-looking smile.
A dental implant is often used for tooth replacement due to its durability and longevity. At My Time Dental Centers, we understand the value of your time. Our caring approach allows us to answer your questions and concerns, and our state-of-the-art equipment lets us perform advanced dental procedures, such as implants, to restore your smile.
Dr. Jeffrey Schmelter and his dedicated team welcome you to experience dentistry with a difference at My Time Dental Centers in Meza, Arizona. We believe in quality services over quantity of patients, and your comfort and wellbeing is our top priority.
Dr. Schmelter graduated at Rutgers University in New Jersey, and obtained his Doctor of Medical Dentistry degree at Midwestern University-Illinois. He is a Fellow of both the California Implant Institute and the International Dental Implant Association, a Master of the International Dental Implant Association and a Diplomate of the International Dental Implant Association.