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A dental implant is a replacement tooth that is secured into the jaw with a titanium post that is surgically positioned beneath the gum line by a specialist. Once the specialist has inserted the post and it has healed, Dr. Gradeless will place the replacement tooth onto it permanently.
If your teeth or jaw have experienced decay due to gum disease that is not fixable with a dental filling, crown, or veneer, dental implants could be your solution. Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth after extraction or dental trauma. Many prefer implants over dentures because they are more secure and feel more natural.
Though they serve a similar purpose, they aren’t quite the same. Many patients find dentures uncomfortable, especially if they have sore spots in their mouths or something is misaligned. Dental bridges, on the other hand, must be attached to teeth (or implants) on either side of the space left by the missing tooth. Dental implants replace individual teeth and are a permanent solution to missing teeth. Patients often say they look and feel more natural than dentures.
Healthy gums and a strong and healthy jawbone are necessary to support the post of the implant. If your bone has decayed from disease, bone grafting may help to ensure you have a stronger jawbone to support a dental implant. Or, if there is not enough bone between your jaw and your sinuses, a sinus lift may be a solution to get you ready for an implant.