The gaps in your smile can cause multiple issues with your teeth. However, many people falsely believe that their gap is a permanent addition to their smile. Luckily, your dentist can help you close the gaps in your smile and restore your teeth’s functionality with dental implants. Are dental implants right for you? Find out more about dental implants and how they can help your teeth with Dr. Steven Christensen at 4Dental Health in Layton, UT.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant replaces a missing tooth but does not stop there. It also replaces the tooth’s root, a task that no other tooth replacement option can accomplish. Implants work well in conjunction with other cosmetic or restorative dental procedures to renew your smile and overhaul its appearance. Filling in the gaps in your smile can help boost your confidence and self-esteem to help you feel as great as you look.
The Parts of a Dental Implant
- Fixture: The fixture of a dental implant resembles a screw and is made from titanium. Dentists implant the fixture into the bone under the missing tooth to replace the tooth’s root.
- Prosthetic: The prosthetic is normally a dental crown custom-made from porcelain. In some cases, the prosthetic is a porcelain dental bridge or even a denture.
- Abutment: The implant’s abutment connects the fixture to the prosthetic. Some styles of dental implants have an abutment which is part of the fixture while others are separated.
Are dental implants the right treatment for me?
Dental implants are best for those who are in good dental health and have a committed and healthy at-home oral care routine. Patients should also have minimal bone atrophy in the area of the implant so the implant has an adequate amount of bone in which to sit. Without a sturdy foundation, there is a higher chance the implant will fail and reject from the bone in which it sits.
Dental Implants in Layton, UT
If you have missing teeth, consult with your dentist to learn more about dental implants and if you are a good candidate for this procedure. For more information on dental implants or how they can help you, please contact Dr. Steven Christensen at 4Dental Health in Layton, UT. Call (801) 889-1044 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Christensen today!