Dental implants are artificial teeth that replace those lost to injury, disease, or decay. The implant is made up of a titanium connector post that an oral surgeon implants into your jaw in the space where you lost your tooth.
A crown that resembles the size and shape of your natural teeth attaches to the post. Over time, your jawbone fuses to the post to support the crown.
A missing tooth or multiple teeth can affect your overall oral health and cause issues like:
When you’re missing one or more teeth, your jawbone can also shrink, and your gums may start to recede prematurely. These issues can weaken nearby teeth, which can lead to tooth decay and the need for an extraction.
With a dental implant, Dr. Rapal can restore your oral health and reduce your risk for long-term complications. She customizes your restoration process based on your individual needs and your overall dental health.
Dental implants require a two-part procedure. It starts when an oral surgeon surgically implants the post into your jawbone. You need time for your jaw to heal correctly before you can move forward with the crown placement. Healing can take several months to ensure your bone fuses properly with the post.
To create the crown that fits on top of the post, Dr. Rapal makes impressions of your mouth. The crown is made at a dental lab using a high-quality dental material that won’t decay or stain. When your crown is ready, Dr. Rapal attaches it to the post.
You may receive more than one implant and crown, depending on your specific needs. If you’re replacing multiple teeth in the same area, Dr. Rapal may create a bridge that attaches to the post rather than an individual crown.
You can expect to take care of your dental implants just like you do with your natural teeth by flossing and brushing daily. You also need to keep up with routine cleanings to prevent plaque buildup between the implant and your natural teeth that can lead to tooth decay.
To find out if dental implants are an option for replacing missing teeth, schedule an appointment online or by calling the office of Kiran Rapal DDS, Inc. today.