Implant Supported Crown
If you have missing teeth, did you know you are losing bone? Losing one or more of your teeth can cause a gap in your smile, the loss of chewing function, and the inability to eat a complete diet. While these are certainly serious issues, a potentially bigger problem lies hidden beneath the surface: bone loss. Without the tooth to stimulate the jaw, the bone beneath it will begin to shrink (atrophy) in the same manner that muscle underneath a cast gets smaller. Since your facial bone supports the skin and muscles on top of it, losing volume can cause your face to look prematurely aged. The good news is that dental implants offer a solution to stop bone loss.
Conventional treatment options for tooth replacement, Crown & Bridge and full or partial dentures, address the short-term cosmetic problem of the missing teeth, but do nothing to stop the bone loss. Crown & Bridge also requires that two or more healthy teeth be ground down to serve as abutments (anchors) for a bridge, leaving them at a much greater risk for cavities and endodontic failure. With implants, however, the healthy teeth are not compromised. Plus, dental implants, like natural teeth, transmit chewing forces to the jaw, stimulating it and halting the bone loss. This is why many leading dental organizations recognize dental implants as the standard of care for tooth replacement.
Benefits of dental implants
- Improves your smile and confidence
- Improves speech
- Restores facial structure and appearance
- Dental implants transmit chewing forces to the jaw, stimulating it and halting
The bone loss associated with missing teeth. Conventional treatment options do not offer this important benefit.
- Unlike conventional Crown & Bridge tooth replacement, dental implants do not require the grinding down of healthy teeth for abutments.
- Implants restore the ability to chew properly, allowing a complete and healthy diet.
- Stops the effects of shifting teeth.
Patients with single missing teeth, who hate the thought of trimming down good adjacent teeth to place a bridge, will find that an implant, followed by a single crown, is an excellent and conservative approach.