If you are missing an adult tooth, a dental implant is a great option for restoring the aesthetic appeal of your smile as well as keeping the rest of your teeth and jaw healthy. Leaving a space in your teeth can cause many negative consequences down the road. The family-friendly team at DeAtley Dental Care provides compassionate dental care to patients of all ages, and therefore when you come to our practice in Mountain Home, AR for an implant placement and restoration, you can rest assured we will make the process as smooth and comfortable as possible.
What is a Dental Implant?
Since their introduction in the mid-1950s, dental implants have become the gold standard replacement option for missing teeth. Dental implants mimic the natural root-and crown structure of a real tooth and consist of three primary parts:
The Implant: Dr. DeAtley will insert this small titanium screw into the jaw below the site of the missing tooth.
The Abutment: This part is inserted into the implant and secures the implant to the prosthesis.
The Restoration: This refers to the dental prosthesis that replaces the crown portion of the tooth. Typical implant restorations include crowns, bridges, and even full dentures.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants replace both the root and the crown portions of the tooth and prevent many complications that arise from missing a tooth. They help to maintain healthy jaw bone density and proper spacing and alignment of remaining teeth, and aid in chewing function. Plus, an implant will approve the appearance of your smile and will restore your confidence.