Living with missing teeth can be a chore. One or more missing have a negative impact on your comfort, confidence, oral health, and ultimately your quality of life.
There is no reason to live with the inconvenience and discomfort. At Mark Sawyer, we offer several tooth replacement options, but prefer dental implants.
What Happens When You Lose a Tooth
Losing a tooth does more than leave a noticeable gap in your smile.
- Each tooth has a purpose, and when one is lost, neighboring teeth must do work they were not meant to do. This leads to discomfort and excessive dental wear of remaining teeth.
- When you lose a tooth and do not replace it with something, surrounding teeth have no support to hold them in place. As a result, they can start to tilt into the gap and ultimately lead to tooth misalignment.
- A healthy tooth root helps stimulate the healthy regeneration of bone in your jaw. When you lose a tooth and its root the bone can actually start to break down and deteriorate.
How Dental Implants Work
A dental implant is a titanium tooth root that is positioned surgically in your jawbone. Once it heals, a dental crown is placed on the implant to restore function and appearance. Your natural teeth are the best teeth, but a dental implant is the next best thing. Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth.
Once Dr. Sawyer expertly places the implant in your jaw, a process called osseointegration begins. As the implant heals, it fuses with surrounding bone and tissue. When healing is complete after several months, the implant becomes a permanent part of your dental structure. It functions in the same way your tooth root did and prevents the breakdown of bone that occurs after tooth loss.
Dr. Sawyer uses state-of-the-art 3-D digital imaging technology to plan the precise placement of your dental implant in exactly the right location in your jaw
How long it takes the implant to heal in your jaw varies from person to person, so the process can take anywhere from three to eight months. During this period that gives your implant its strength and stability.
Restore Form and Function to Your Implant
Once the implant heals, we need to restore lost function by adding a dental restoration such as a dental crown, bridge, or denture. At Lakeshore Dental Associates we ensure:
- Predictable Results: Dr. Sawyer takes no short-cuts when it comes to protocols, materials or recommendations. The most important part of implant dentistry is that it is done the right way the first time and made to last!
- Last a lifetime: If you lose your real teeth, you need a tooth replacement option that will give you the same level of stability while you eat, speak, and smile. Dental implants are a treatment that if done right should last for the rest of your life. Therefore, we offer a clinical warranty of 10 years on the single implant and 5 years on the restorations and full arch.