For patients considering dental implants for a tooth replacement, it is imperative to have a basic understanding of the implant procedure from dental implant periodontist Dr. Jonathan Tiger. Dental implants provide permanent new teeth for patients who have missing teeth.
A dental implant is made of three parts: the titanium implant, the abutment, and the dental crown. The first step of the procedure is surgically placing the implant into the jaw bone. After being surgically placed, the titanium implant begins to fuse with the bone.
Fusing with the jaw bone creates a connection between the jaw and the implant similar to that between the jaw and a natural tooth. The second step is fitting the abutment over the exposed part of the implant. Lastly, the dental crown is placed over the abutment.
Traditionally, patients missing just one tooth would have a fixed bridge constructed for tooth replacement. Still common and safe, this treatment does have complications.
A dental bridge often damages the surrounding, natural teeth. These teeth otherwise may have remained healthy.
Unlike an implant, dental bridges often need to be replaced over a lifetime, depending on the patient’s age. Problems arise with removable partial dentures that do not exist with implants. There is as much as a 30% failure rate within five to seven years with either fixed bridges or partial denture replacements. Considering the potential complications, these options can become more costly in the long-run than having permanent new teeth placed with implants.
Traditional procedures give rise to complications such as repairs and failures, whereas implants are designed to promote overall oral and jaw health. Natural teeth and dental implants help to preserve the jaw bone. An extracted or lost tooth can cause the bone to weaken or erode, potentially requiring bone grafting to create sufficient bone structure in which to place the dental implant. Successful procedures by Dr. Tiger provide permanent new teeth and restore a healthy smile.
There are over 50 years of science, technology and research supporting the use and success of dental implants. Often, they are the best treatment plan for tooth replacement. Call Dr. Tiger’s dental office, a Pomona dental implant periodontist, to schedule a consultation for your permanent new teeth!