Dental implants could be right for you if you need to replace missing or extracted teeth. Dental implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth or they can be used in conjunction with bridgework or an overdenture to replace several teeth at a time. Dental implants are placed in the jawbone so patients must have sufficient bone to support the implants. A dentist can determine if you have sufficient bone and are a good candidate for dental implants. At Monroeville Dental, in Monroeville, and serving the Norwalk area, Dr. George Trask is your dentist for dental implants.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are metal posts that are placed in the jawbone and act as roots for artificial teeth. To be a good candidate for dental implants, a patient must have sufficient bone in the jaw area to support the dental implants. After being inserted into the bone, dental implants begin to fuse with the bone through a process known as osseointegration. Within a few months of being set in place, the dental implants and bone will be fused together.
Fusing with the bone makes it possible for dental implants to securely anchor artificial teeth in place. Once bonding is complete, dental implants can be topped with artificial teeth. When replacing a single tooth, a dental implant is capped with a dental crown, which looks and functions like a natural tooth. When replacing several teeth at a time, multiple dental crowns are placed at various points in the jawbone and are topped with bridgework or an implant-supported overdenture.
How Dental Implants Help
Dental implants help in several ways. When teeth are missing, the gaps in a person’s smile can cause various problems, from affecting the way a person speaks to putting extra wear and tear on the remaining teeth. By replacing missing teeth, dental implants restore your smile, provide support for sagging facial muscles, improve speech, and restore normal biting and chewing functions.
Dental implants might be the right tooth replacement option for you. See our in Monroeville and Norwalk, OH, area dentist to find out if you are a good candidate for dental implants. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Trask, call Monroeville Dental at (419) 520-4429.