After you lose a tooth, your first step should be to visit your dentist as soon as possible to gauge the loss’ impact on your smile and determine the best replacement option. In most cases, that option is a lifelike dental crown supported by a dental implant post. A dental crown is a custom-designed replica of the visible portion of your tooth, while a dental implant post is designed to replace the tooth’s root. Together, a dental and crown can completely replace the tooth you’ve lost, as well as reestablish the tooth’s function of keeping your jawbone strong and healthy.
It’s the most comprehensive option.
Most dental prostheses, such as dental bridges and dentures, do an amazing job of rebuilding smiles for patients who have lost one or more teeth. However, traditional prosthetics cannot address the loss of your teeth roots, which are a fundamental part of your jawbone’s health and integrity. Because a dental implant is the only option that can address the missing tooth root, it can offer the most comprehensive results when it comes to restoring your smile.
It can last for life.
When an implant post is implanted into your jawbone, the bone heals to the post’s biocompatible surface, making the implant a permanent part of your jawbone. With proper care and maintenance, the post will remain stable and in place for life, working alongside your natural teeth roots to keep your jawbone healthy. If your crown requires replacement due to excessive wear or damage, then your dentist can secure the new restoration to your existing implant post, making the procedure simpler and more convenient.
Learn More About the Benefits of Dental Implants
In terms of replacing lost teeth and rebuilding your smile, dental implants offer the most comprehensive benefits, which is why dentists typically recommend them for their patients. To learn more, schedule a consultation with Dr. Burds by calling Gateway Dental Group in Des Moines, IA, today at (515) 244-9565.