What Questions Do You Have About Implant Dentistry?

If you are missing one tooth, or several teeth, you can have several questions about prosthetic dentistry. At our Ankeny, IA dentist’s office, we are ready to walk you through your treatment options if you are ready to regain your full smile. One treatment approach we can recommend will rely on a dental implant or, if necessary, multiple dental implants to help replace several teeth. Dental implants provide a degree of stability that makes patients feel more at ease with their restoration. They can comfortably put pressure on it when they bite and chew, as they will not have to worry about it becoming loose. The implant actually helps stabilize neighboring teeth, too, as it provides support for the roots at either side. During a consultation, you can learn how this approach can benefit you, and you can discuss any alternative treatment approaches that might be effective.

What Do Implants Contribute To Prosthetic Treatment?

The dental implant is not the prosthetic itself. It will be placed before you receive your replacement tooth. Through oral surgery, it is carefully placed directly into your jawbone. Your dentist will carefully evaluate you before your procedure to identify just the right angle and placement for this artificial root. In time, your body will heal from the procedure as the surrounding bone actually fuses with the implant. When appropriate, we will restore your implant with a prosthetic restoration.

Can A Dental Implant Improve Your Bite Function?

Your dental implant keeps a tooth securely in position, and can be counted on to provide support when you bite and chew. Saving your bite function will help you distribute pressure evenly and not overuse remaining teeth. It will also make you less likely to suffer TMJ problems that lead to teeth grinding and other uncomfortable issues. You should know that by using the implant-held restoration when you bite and chew, you stimulate the surrounding bone tissue. Implants, like natural teeth roots, create stimulation that will tell your body to send nutrients to the bone and preserve its size and density.

Is This The Only Way To Permanently Support A Restoration?

Oral surgery is not necessary when your smile is restored with a dental bridge. The bridge relies on a pair of dental crowns at either side to stay in place. These crowns are placed on the teeth surrounding the space where your tooth was lost. This is a stable arrangement, one that can improve your bite function and your appearance!

Talk To Your Ankeny, IA Dentist About Implant Dentistry

If you have at least one missing tooth, your Ankeny, IA dentist can help! Through the right prosthetic treatment, we can give you back confidence in your smile as well as your bite function. To learn more, contact Dental Impressions at (515) 965-0230 to schedule a visit.