Is there another way I can have a tooth replaced other than a bridge?
Yes. Dental implants can provide artificial teeth that look natural and feel secure. Dental implants can also be used to attach full or partial dentures. Implants, however, are not an option for everyone. Because implants require surgery, patients must be in good health, have healthy gums, have adequate bone to support the implant and be committed to meticulous oral hygiene and regular dental visits. If you are considering implants, a thorough evaluation by your dentist will help determine if you would be a good candidate.
What is involved in placing implants?
First, a surgical procedure is performed to place the implant below the gum into the jaw bone. This procedure is usually done in the dental office. The great majority of implant placement is done by specially trained oral surgeons or periodontists.A local anesthetic can be used or if the situation dictates, the patient is put to sleep. For best results, once the implant is placed it is left untouched for 3-4 months.
After the implant is secure the next step is begun. Your restorative dentist will make the teeth that fit onto the implants.Implants are a time tested and extremely secure way to replace missing teeth. Thousands of patients have had this treatment, provided with amazing results.