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Posted on: September 30, 2014
Dental Implants for Tooth Replacement
Have you lost a tooth due to gum disease, tooth decay or trauma to your mouth? The truth is that you are not alone. More and more Americans are losing teeth every year, most commonly due to untreated gum disease. No matter what your reason for having a tooth extracted or lost – it is critical to have your missing tooth replaced just as soon as possible.
If you let a gap remain between two teeth, you risk allowing your remaining, healthy teeth to shift in place. This can cause your smile to become misaligned or crooked and cause damage to your teeth. It can also create a painful experience when chewing or otherwise moving your jaw.
The good news is that there is no reason to leave that gap in your smile, when sturdy, natural-looking dental restorations exist. Dental implants can help restore your smile beautifully with just a couple of visits to the dentist. Dental implants are constructed of titanium posts that are surgically implanted directly into your jawbone. This part of the implant functions just as your natural tooth root would.
After the new “root” is implanted, your dentist will take measurements so that a porcelain crown can be made to cap off the root, restoring your tooth to its original appearance. You will be given a temporary crown to cover the post in your jaw until your permanent crown is ready for installation at a later visit.
Dental implants look just like any of your other natural teeth and can be used in the same way with regular eating, drinking, brushing and flossing. You and your dentist may be the only two who know you’ve lost a tooth.
If you require a dental extraction or have lost a tooth due to dental trauma, act quickly to repair the gap left behind. Contact College Park Dental today to learn more about how dental implants can restore your smile.