Dental implants are an excellent option when you are looking to replace a missing tooth. They are permanent restorations that replace the missing tooth root and provide a prosthetic tooth that looks and feels natural.
It is important to address tooth loss as soon as possible. If left untreated, you may develop other serious oral health issues. Your neighboring teeth may shift to fill in the gap left by your missing tooth, causing alignment issues with your bite. You may also experience bone loss in your jaw and an increased likelihood of gum disease. Both of these issues can potentially contribute to additional tooth loss down the road.
Dental implants offer you several benefits compared with alternatives such as dental bridges and dentures. Dr. Andrea Godawa can match the color of your new dental implant crown to your natural teeth, making the restoration undetectable to others. Also, since the implant is fused to your jawbone, your prosthetic tooth will function just like your natural teeth, allowing you to eat and speak with ease.
Other benefits of dental implants include:
Ideal candidates for dental implants:
If you do not have enough bone in your jaw to support the implants, Dr. Godawa may recommend dental bridges or dentures as an alternative to dental implants.
St. Joseph cosmetic dentist Dr. Andrea Godawa only performs the restoration portion of your dental implant procedure. She will refer you to a specialist in the area for the implant portion of the procedure.
The specialist will insert a titanium implant into your jawbone. As you heal over a period of six to twelve weeks, your jawbone will grow around and fuse with the implant, securing it in place. This process is called osseointegration.
Once osseointegration is complete, a titanium post, called an abutment, is attached to the implant. Dr. Godawa will then take impressions of your teeth and create a model of your bite. This model will be sent to the lab for use in the construction of your dental crown. When the crown has been made, Dr. Godawa will attach it to the abutment. You can then enjoy all the benefits of a fully functional prosthetic tooth.