Dental Implant Restorations
Dental implants are a remarkable type of tooth replacement that has changed the way we approach the problem of missing teeth. Unlike bridges or dentures, implants don’t just fill the empty space – they are actually a full replacement that looks, feels, and functions like a natural tooth.
The Importance of Replacing Missing Teeth
There’s obviously a lot of value in replacing a missing tooth for cosmetic reasons. A big gap in your smile does not allow you to present your true self because you just don’t feel like smiling naturally.
More importantly, a missing tooth can lead to other dental issues that create long-term problems with your oral health. You may not realize it, but the root of a tooth does more than just hold it in place. The presence of a root promotes healthy growth of the bone and tissue in your jaw. However, when a root is gone, this process stops. Since there is nothing to stimulate this normal activity, the jaw begins to slowly deteriorate. A missing root can also lead to tooth misalignment as surrounding teeth change position and drift into the empty space.
How a Dental Implant Helps
A dental implant acts as a replacement root for the missing tooth. It is a small titanium cylinder that is placed surgically in your jaw. Over time, the bone and tissue heal around it and form a secure bond. This is a process known as osseointegration, which simply means that the implant actually becomes one with the jawbone.
The presence of the new root allows the jawbone to continue its natural process of regeneration, eliminating the potential for deterioration. The root also acts as a placeholder that keeps adjacent teeth from moving and shifting.
After placement of the implant, Dr. Park can cap it with a natural-looking restoration like a porcelain crown, creating a realistic, durable replacement tooth. His artistic eye and attention to detail allow him to create a dental implant restoration that functions well and looks beautifully natural. Since they’re so secure and stable, dental implants can also be used to anchor other dental devices, such as bridges and dentures.
Respectful, Understanding Treatment
We understand how embarrassing it can be when you have a missing tooth. But people lose teeth for all sorts of reasons, and our only focus is on helping restore your smile and confidence so you can get back to enjoying life. We don't dwell on the reasons for your tooth loss – we’re just happy that we can help you now!
You may feel overwhelmed when thinking about dental implants and deciding if they’re right for you. But we’re here to explain the whole process so that you understand exactly what’s involved. Please contact us so we can get started!