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Missing teeth may make you not want to smile. Even if smiling isn’t a problem, missing teeth can affect how you speak and chew. If left for too long, adjacent teeth begin to drift, making it harder to clean and creating more space for plaque. There exist, however, many options to replace missing teeth and fix that gap in your smile. Rather than resting on the gum line, like removable dentures or using adjacent teeth as anchors like a dental bridge, dental implants are surgically placed into the jawbone where they act as an anchor for replacement teeth. A dental implant looks and feels like a natural tooth, allowing you to chew and speak just like you did before.
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A single tooth implant procedure may be done if a tooth has been extracted or is missing. A titanium implant base is placed into the jawbone to resemble the tooth root. After a period of time to allow for the jawbone to heal, an abutment is screwed into the base of the implant to allow for a crown to be fitted on top. Finally, a custom fabricated crown is placed over the base to function like a real tooth.
Multiple tooth implants are handled the same as single tooth implants. Titanium implant bases are placed into the jawbone to resemble the missing tooth roots. After a period of time to allow for the jawbone to heal, abutments are screwed into the base of the implant to allow for crowns to be fitted on top. Finally, custom fabricated crowns are placed over the base to function like real teeth.
Implants can be crafted to replace the full arch of teeth. Titanium anchors are strategically placed throughout the jaw, and a denture-like fitting attaches to the anchors. Once placed, full arch implants function just like natural teeth.