Replacing a missing tooth not only improves the way you feel about your appearance but also offers a few other benefits you may not have considered. Dr. Abedi, your Puyallup, WA dentist, explains how dental implants and crowns can help restore your smile.
What is an implant?
A dental implant consists of three parts:
- The implant: Implants, which look like tiny screws, replace the roots of your teeth. Your dentist places the implant in the space in the jawbone once occupied by your tooth roots. Dental implants are constructed of titanium, a strong metal that bonds easily to bone. Approximately three to six months after your receive the implant, it will fuse to your jawbone.
- The abutment: Once your implant bonds to your jawbone, your Puyallup dentist will place a connector, called an abutment on top of it. The abutment connects the implant to the crown that will allow you to bite and chew.
- The crown: The crown adds the finishing touch to the implant process. Your porcelain crown will look just like a real tooth and will blend in with the rest of your teeth. In fact, no one will even realize that you lost a tooth.
Implants are long lasting
Bridges and dentures have to be replaced periodically, but if you take good care of your implant, you'll never have to replace it. Since implants only require a one-time cost, they're usually the least expensive choice when you compare lifetime costs.
Implants are versatile
Whether you want to replace one tooth or all of them, implants are an excellent tooth replacement option. If you must have all of your teeth removed, you may only need four to six implants to support an entire row of teeth.
Dental implants are more comfortable
If bridges and dentures don't fit perfectly, eating can be uncomfortable. Each bite you take can push these dental appliances against your gums, irritating them. Since your crown is connected to the implant, it feels and acts just like a natural tooth, which means that irritation isn't a problem.
Would you like to improve your smile with a dental implant? Call your Puyallup, WA dentist, Dr. Abedi
at (253) 445-1500 and make an appointment today. Make your smile whole again with a dental implant!