If you are missing one or more teeth, you have likely considered restorative dentistry options. Perhaps you may be putting off replacing the lost tooth due to time or financial constraints. If this is the case for you, you may be pleased to hear that restorative dentistry has become more affordable in recent years, and financing options are available. In fact, when you leave a missing tooth untreated you are giving the jawbone an opportunity to shrink. This can cause the remaining teeth to shift out of alignment, which will cause a host of other costly and unpleasant dental issues in the long run. Not only will replacing a missing tooth enhance the appearance of your smile, it will improve your oral health in the future.
Dental implants are restorations that are made to look and function exactly like your natural teeth. The implant consists of a small titanium screw which will be inserted into the jawbone where the root of the natural tooth used to be. Once healed, the titanium screw will stabilize and serve as a post to affix the prosthetic tooth to.
The prosthetic tooth is a composite, made of many different types of materials which are hard and strong. The tooth is then capped with a porcelain crown. Although dental implants do not develop cavities like real teeth do, it’s still important to maintain a good oral hygiene routine to keep gum disease at bay and to protect the natural teeth. With proper care a dental implant can last for a patient’s lifetime.
Our friendly Edmonton dentist Dr. Christine Fialka-Eshenko is skilled at making implants blend in seamlessly with the remaining teeth. If you have missing teeth and would like to learn if you’re a candidate for dental implants, please contact Focus on Smiles. Dr. Christine Fialka-Eshenko welcomes patients from the greater Edmonton, Alberta, area.