Beaverton dentist, Dr. Barrett and his team at Barrett Family Dental, understand that as we get older, sometimes a permanent tooth is lost. And even just one missing tooth can lead to more complicated dental issues. This can add pressure on your remaining teeth, or they may drift into the space left behind. In more extreme cases, a missing tooth can even change the way you bite, chew and speak.
Fortunately, there are a variety of options available to patients missing a tooth or multiple teeth. Today, we’ll discuss one of our most popular forms of tooth loss treatments: dental implant restoration. If you’re unfamiliar with how the treatment process works and want to learn about its long-term benefits, what to expect and who makes an ideal candidate, be sure to keep reading.
What is dental implant restoration?
This form of tooth replacement is made up of two main components: an implant and an artificial tooth, which is also called a restoration. Once the implant is positioned into the jawbone above or below the missing tooth or teeth, it serves as the “root” of the artificial tooth. Then the implant is attached to an abutment that securely connects the implant and the artificial tooth or restoration.
There are many benefits to implants, including bone preservation. Implants are the only oral prosthetics used in dentistry that prevent the bone tissue from breaking down after a tooth falls out. An implant transfers the bite force into the patient’s jaw, which gives the tissues all the stimulation they need. Implants can also serve as a base for other restoration work, like dentures and bridges.
As for materials, patients get to choose what their restoration is made of. Porcelain crowns are very popular for replacing a single tooth because they are white and translucent like real teeth. Dr. Barrett will then color-match the artificial tooth to the rest of the patient’s teeth.
Is implant restoration right for you?
If you’re missing one or more teeth, have good oral health and are willing and able to go through a minor surgical procedure and a short recovery period, then implant restoration may be right for you. Implant restoration offers a more long-term solution than dentures or fixed bridges. Plus, because implants are fixed and non-removable, they are much easier to care for.
How we can help
Thinking about getting dental implants? Dr. Barrett can evaluate and discuss your best options to improve your smile. Contact our Beaverton clinic to set up an appointment today.