If you have a tooth that has been extracted or lost, you will want to replace it. This is because the space left behind when a tooth is lost, whether to gum disease, injury or extraction, empty space can create problems with your surrounding teeth. Over time, the remaining teeth will gradually shift out of their proper position and gravitate towards this open space, becoming misaligned and altering your bite in the process. Another factor for replacing a missing tooth is due to the lost bone material from missing teeth slowly reabsorbing, making your facial structure appear sunken and aged.
Our periodontists offer stable and durable tooth replacement options known as dental implants. These dental restorations are one of the most long-lasting tooth replacement options you can get. Dental implants replace the entire tooth from crown to root while preserving precious bone material, facial structure and full tooth function. Another reason to get that missing tooth replaced is that the remaining teeth will otherwise need to make up for the chewing and biting force, causing them extra wear and tear so they wear down sooner than they should.
After a biocompatible titanium dental implant is surgically placed into your jawbone, over time it will fuse with the bone and will be completed with a tooth-like restoration such as a crown, bridge or denture. Our skilled periodontists and their team offer tooth replacements either for a single dental implant or full mouth dental implants for multiple missing teeth.
Dental implants work so well because they effectively replace the tooth root, which anchors the tooth into place just like a natural tooth does. Once the dental implant bonds with the bone through a process called osseointegration, it will be secure and stable. The restored tooth will then function like a normal tooth after the post has been covered with a dental crown, bridge, partial or complete denture. Your dental implant can be customized to your unique needs so that it looks and feels like the rest of the teeth in your mouth.
Our periodontal team is here to help you with all of your periodontal needs. With our state-of-the-art technology, including digital intraoral scanning, digitally guided surgery, water filtration and the LANAP® laser to treat gum disease and gum recession, your smile can get the personalized care it needs to look and feel your best again. We welcome you to call and schedule your dental implant consultation to find out if you are a good candidate for this option!