What is a Dental Implant?

Did you know that most people have one or more missing teeth?  This can drastically affect your quality of life when missing teeth impact the type of foods you can eat or even how your smile looks.  A dental implant is often the best and most conservative way to replace a missing tooth.  Just like a tooth is made up of multiple parts, so is an implant.  

The implant itself is a titanium post that gets inserted into the bone, replicating the root of a tooth.  Having the implant in the bone also helps keep the bone from deteriorating which normally happens once a tooth is removed.  Then we use a custom abutment that gets inserted into the implant and acts like the part of the tooth that comes out of the gums and is the base for which the crown sits on.  To finish the process a crown is made to fit on top of the abutment and looks just like a natural tooth so you can chew better and have a better-looking smile.

Dental implants have a high rate of success, around 95%, and with the right maintenance can last a very long time.  They also don't require cutting down neighbouring teeth like a bridge does.  For these reasons, they are a great long-term investment for your oral health when you are missing a tooth.  If you are thinking about getting a dental implant, come see us at Kerr Family Dental in Osceola for a consultation to see if it is the right treatment for you.

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