Modern dentistry has found a successful way to replace missing teeth with dental implants. A Gig Harbor, Washington dentist such as Dr. Peter Elton and Dr. Douglas Clarke can use this tooth replacement option to give long-lasting results to patients. Implants help to preserve the tooth-supporting bone that deteriorates when a tooth is lost in the mouth. Loss of bone is one of the most serious consequences of losing teeth.
About Dental Implants
A dental implant takes the form of a post that replaces the root of a missing tooth. The procedure used to place this implant is minor and fairly routine. After a healing period, the implant is topped off with a lifelike crown that is custom-made to match the existing natural teeth in a patient’s mouth. The dental implant is inserted directly into the jawbone in the space where the missing tooth is. It is left to heal so that the implant can fuse to the bone surrounding it.
Implants can be used to replace one tooth. If one tooth is missing, a single implant is used by your Gig Harbor, Washington dentist. An implant never decays or won’t need root canal treatment. When replacing multiple teeth, implants can work great for bridgework. If there are multiple teeth in a row, two implants are placed on each side of a gap and a crown in between. Dental implants can also be used to replace all of the teeth with an implant supported denture.
Proper oral hygiene will ensure that dental implants last for a long period of time. Teeth clenching or grinding can damage implants, making wearing a night guard important for those with dental implants. To learn more about dental implants and what they can do for your oral health, schedule an appointment with your Gig Harbor, Washington dentists Dr. Peter Elton and Dr. Douglas Clarke by calling 253-851-1190 today.