Missing Teeth in Adults: Treatment Options
If Dr. Ronald Rice has recommended a dental implant procedure for treating missing teeth in adults, it is important to have a basic understanding of how the implant procedure works. Here is a closer look at the benefits of implants over other tooth replacement procedures, and why implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth.
Dental Implant Construction
Dental implants are made of three equally important components: the titanium implant, an abutment, and a crown. The first step of the procedure involves placing the implant directly into the jaw bone. After placement, the titanium implant fuses with the jaw bone over the course of a few months. This creates a connection between the jaw bone and the implant, a secure fit that is very similar to the connection between the jaw and your natural tooth structure. Next, the abutment is fitted over the portion of the implant that is exposed above the gum line. Finally, the crown is placed over the abutment. This is the portion that looks just like your natural tooth.
Dental Implants vs. Other Tooth Replacement Procedures
Missing teeth in adults can and have been treated with a fixed bridge or dentures. Patients who are missing only one tooth have the option of a fixed bridge, but a bridge impacts the adjacent natural teeth and may need to be replaced every seven to ten years or so. Partial dentures are another option for replacing missing teeth, but research shows that both dentures and bridges have a 30 percent failure rate within 5 to 7 years. These alternatives to dental implants can be more costly in the long run.
Dental implants offer the added benefit of promoting overall oral and jaw health. Having implants fused to the jaw bone prevents bone loss in the jaw. For some people, bone grafting may be necessary to create sufficient bone structure for optimal implant placement. Once placed successfully, implants are very stable and can support jaw health just like natural teeth. Dental implants are also backed by more than 50 years of science and research and are a favored long term tooth replacement option.
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