The best way to describe dental implants is to compare it to a real tooth. A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. The part of the tooth that you see and eat with is called the crown. Beneath the crown is the root, which anchors the tooth through the gum tissue to the jawbone. When you lose a tooth, you lose both the root and the crown. To replace a tooth, we first have to replace the root. Essentially, dental implants are new roots. This titanium root is fitted into a socket that we create in your jaw, replacing the lost root of your natural tooth
Single implants are used for just a single tooth replacement. If you have a lost tooth, the empty space may cause the surrounding teeth to shift. It is important to replace the missing tooth in order to keep all of your other teeth in place and looking great. In order to receive a single implant, a temporary implant is often used initially while an identical replacement of your missing tooth is created and eventually implanted to fill out your smile once again.
Full implants are used to replace several missing teeth. These missing teeth can cause permanent damage to the bone of your jaw itself. By replacing your missing teeth with implants, Dr. Alsouss is able to create an ideal smile for you without the risk of shifting teeth or damage to your jaw. If you are missing multiple teeth, this is the procedure that Dr. Alsouss recommends for you.
If you are considering dental implants or full dental implants, your mouth will be examined thoroughly and your dental and medical history will be reviewed to ensure that dental implants are appropriate for you. Dental x-rays and A CT Scan will be taken to evaluate your jawbone and to determine if it will accommodate dental implants or full dental implants. Occasionally, more detailed information is required and can be provided by special x-rays. They will help determine if additional tests or procedures are needed to place your implants properly.
View our presentation to learn more about implant options for you. If you have a missing tooth or teeth, contact us at AMA Dental Center to learn more about this procedure, what exactly is involved and why you may be a good candidate.