Implants and Implant Restorations
Filling in the gaps
Missing teeth can impact your quality of life. Dental implants act as a replacement for the root of a missing tooth. They are used to attach things to the mouth, whether that is a natural looking tooth (an implant crown), a bridge or a denture.
What are Implant Crowns?
At Oaklands Dental, we provide implant crown services for patients who have missing teeth and want to maintain the natural look of their smile.
Dental implants are placed in the jawbone by surgery, and the crown is the portion that is attached to the implant, which is the part that you can see in your mouth. Because of this, artificial replacement teeth (implant crowns) attached to implants look and act much like natural teeth.
How are dental implants different than natural teeth?
With single teeth and some bridges, we sometimes find that you get more food stuck between the teeth when eating, because the implant is smaller in diameter to the natural teeth, so the gap at the gum line is sometimes larger than normal.
Also, natural teeth have a ligament that allows some movement. Implants do not have a ligament, so they feel a bit different.
Dental implant-retained teeth need close monitoring over the years to ensure that they are not only cleaned regularly like real teeth, but to also ensure that the bite is appropriate.
Caring for Implants and Implant Crowns
Staying on top of regular dental checkups is important so Dr. Girard can make sure that your bite is right and that your implants are fitting well.
How Much do Implants Cost?
Implants can cost more than other kinds of replacement teeth and might not be covered by your dental plan, but, in most cases, this is a one-time cost, unlike other kinds of tooth replacement procedures.