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Sometimes a tooth cannot be saved or a tooth has been missing for a long time. One of the best ways to replace that missing tooth is an implant. When a tooth is lost, the bone around that tooth can shrink and an implant helps to preserve that bone. An implant is a titanium stud that is placed within the bone. The bone grows into the stud, eventually fusing with it. This is then used as the root of the tooth where an abutment is used to connect the implant to a crown, which is the only visible part of an implant.
At Temple Family Dentistry, we proudly use the Straumann implants.
Implants have many advantages over traditional treatment of a bridge or a partial denture. In preparing a bridge, the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth are prepared for crowns. Three crowns that are connected are then cemented onto these teeth. Many times the adjacent teeth are healthy, but must be cut down to support the bridge. In the future, if there is a problem with any one of these teeth then the entire bridge would need to be replaced whereas with an implant, none of the adjacent teeth are affected. This makes implants a better long term restoration.
A partial denture is something that is taken in and out and also sits on the remaining teeth. The force that is able to be generated for chewing is much less than what a natural tooth can produce. Also, a partial denture can often rock or move which places additional forces on the supporting teeth. As explained above, implants are often a better option as they do not effect the adjacent teeth and they are permanent and do not require frequent removal as partial dentures do.
From planning to placement to the final crown, Dr. Dan and his team can take care of most of your implant needs. To see if you are a good candidate for implants, give us a call at (610) 929-4252 or make an appointment online.