Patients with one or more missing teeth should discuss the situation with their dentist and determine the best way to replace those teeth as quickly as possible. If you don’t, your other teeth will shift in place in an effort to fill in the gap left behind by the missing teeth. When your teeth shift, it can throw your bite off. Eventually, missing teeth can cause other problems and can even change the shape of your face over time!
One of the most popular methods of replacing missing teeth is with dental implants. These dental appliances are actually implanted into the jawbone of the patient, so they function very much like natural teeth. At North Austin Dentistry, we are pleased to provide our Austin, TX, area patients with Noble Biocare Implants, which we believe to be one of the finest brands of dental prosthetics available today.
What You Need to Know about Dental Implants
Put very simply, an implant consists of an artificial tooth that is attached to an artificial root. The root is first implanted into the jawbone of the patient. After the root fuses to the bone, which typically takes a period of several months, a connector is placed on top of the root. The artificial tooth is affixed to the connector, and the implant process is complete.
Although the entire procedure takes several months to complete, many patients prefer implants over other methods of replacing missing teeth. There are several reasons for this, but one of the most often cited is the fact that an implant is a permanent solution.
In most cases, the artificial tooth and root last for the lifetime of the patient. The implant is never removed by the patient and can be cared for exactly as the patient would care for his or her normal teeth. In fact, a dental implant is as close to getting a brand new natural tooth as modern dentistry will allow.
Contact Our Office Today
For more information about dental implants, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Miller, contact our Austin, TX, office today.