When you have missing teeth in your smile, dental implants are often the perfect choice for repair. Our dentists, Dr. Miller Lewis and Dr. David Kelly are experienced with dental implants and are happy to tell you everything you need to know about restoring your smile with this kind of restoration. Whether you need to restore one tooth or several, dental implants can do the job effectively.
This is important because losing a tooth–whether by damage or decay–your smile is now missing not only the tooth but the tooth root as well. Dental implants replace the tooth root so that a tooth (crown, bridge, etc.) can be replaced by anchoring it to the implant. You see, with dental implants, our dentist places the implant into the jawbone and allow it to heal and fuse. This will provide a strong foundation for the crown, bridge, or dentures to come.
So what does your dental implant look like? Essentially there are three components:
1- The implant itself is a post which is either cylindrical or tapered constructed from titanium. This implant’s role in this restoration is to act as the tooth root.
2- Next is the abutment, which is a connector that is attached to the top of the implant that allows it to connect to the new teeth or tooth.
3- Finally, this is the part which is visible–the crown or crowns.
One of the biggest benefits of dental implants is that they mimic your natural teeth in look and function. What does this mean for you? The implant will allow you to smile, speak, laugh and eat with self-assurance again. You don’t have to worry about not being able to speak clearly, or having the restoration stand out, or moving around in your mouth. It’s just like having natural teeth!
At Christiansburg Dental in Christiansburg, Virginia, we know how important your smile is to your self-confidence. We look forward to helping you with all of your oral health concerns. To find out more, or to schedule a consultation with our dentists, please call 540-257-6995 today.