Traditional methods of replacing missing teeth have included fixed bridges, partial dentures and full dentures. These methods are being added to or replaced by dental implants. With restorative dentistry, there are many advantages to replacing missing teeth with implants.
Dental implants look and feel like your natural teeth. Unlike previous methods of tooth replacement, the dental implant offers a more secure permanent solution. Whether you are replacing one tooth or getting dentures on implants like the All-on-4 denture, you will be happy with the natural-looking and smooth-feeling result of your implant.
When teeth are missing, the bone and soft tissue shrink in that area. This can change the contours of your face. Dental implants maintain the integrity of the bone, keeping your original facial structure. The crown of the implant is secured in such a way that makes it difficult to tell the artificial tooth from your natural teeth. Bridge work and partials do not disguise the artificial teeth as well.
While most dental implants last for several years, occasionally a problem will occur. Like natural teeth, the implants must be well maintained to get the most wear from them. Even with exemplary care, they can fail or become damaged.
The dental implant has two major components. There is a titanium pin that anchors into the bone. This is the actual implant, and this part rarely needs attention. The second major component is the single crown or restoration of more teeth, like a bridge or denture.
The crown or restoration on an implant could get chipped or loosen on the post. It is also possible in the case of dentures or bridge work that the restoration could break. While these misfortunes are not common, they do happen. When the restoration or crown is damaged, a new one can be fabricated. These types of implant repairs do not take much time and are not that costly.
At Engineered Smiles, Dr. Wang has expertise in dental implants and their repair. If you have an implant causing problems or you notice that it is damaged, contact our dental practice today. Make an appointment to have your implant examined and repaired.