Tooth replacement has been a highly requested dental procedure at Decatur Smiles. When patients inquire about about tooth restoration, we generally tell them about fixed (or traditional) dental bridges and dental implants.
A dental bridge is an artificial tooth which replaces a missing tooth. The false tooth—called a pontic—is fused to porcelain crowns on adjacent sides of the extracted tooth.
Dental Implants Replace the Root and Crown
Dental implants are also popular and can often be a superior choice. The actual dental implant is a titanium post surgically inserted into the jaw bone to replace the root of the missing tooth. The post integrates with the bone to provide a sturdy foundation for the replacement tooth.
After it has bonded with the bone (it usually takes three to six months), a smaller post is attached. This post extends above the gum line. The artificial tooth (crown) goes on top of that. The entire process takes several months, but the result is something that looks and functions like a natural tooth.
Preserving Facial Contour
Both of these restoration options preserve or restore facial contour and allow you to talk and eat normally. Tooth replacements prevent adjoining teeth from gradually shifting and can help correct bite troubles, as well.