Implant Dentistry at Dr. Alexis DMD
Scientific advances allow us to replace missing teeth with implants. It is important to replace missing teeth as soon as possible as to avoid the surrounding teeth from moving. When teeth move your bite can change and cause a series of problems. One problem that can occur is losing more teeth due to changes of force in your bite. You can also loose teeth because the opposing tooth will keep erupting until it reaches an opposing tooth. If there is nothing there it will grow until there is no bone holding the tooth in place. Another complication of missing teeth is that you can no longer chew on the side of the missing teeth. This will cause more wear on the teeth on the other side of the mouth and also over use the facial musculature. The over use of these muscles can cause migraines, headaches, ear aches, hearing loss, ringing in the ears, pain in the neck, tingling in your fingers and many more physical problems that most people would not associate with their mouths.
An implant is a titanium screw that is placed into the bone in the area missing a tooth. The body will take approximately three months to grow bone around and into the threads of the screw. This process allows for a very strong foundation.
There are many ways an implant can be used. When a single tooth is missing Dr. Alexis can place a crown on the implant to replace the tooth. When you are missing multiple teeth she can place a bridge, an implant retained partial or an implant retained complete denture. Everything is customized to suit your needs. Ask Dr. Alexis what choice would be correct for you.
As we age, some of us will lose teeth due to disease, injury, or simple daily wear. In addition to bringing about unwanted changes to a person’s facial appearance, missing teeth have a negative effect on that person’s confidence and self-esteem. With the advent of implant dentistry, however, those who are missing one, two or several teeth no longer have to accept a lifetime of embarrassment and inconvenience. Dental implants, sturdy titanium posts that are anchored directly into the jawbone and topped with realistic replacement teeth, provide the security and usability of permanently placed teeth.