Missing a tooth and wondering about dental implants? A dental implant is a highly recommended procedure for replacing teeth and improving a smile. For this procedure, our Boise dentists place a post into the jawbone as a replacement for the tooth’s root, and then permanently attach a crown to this post as a replacement for the tooth.
Obviously, if you have missing front teeth, you want to replace them with fake teeth for a complete smile. But there are other reasons for choosing dental implants. When you lose a tooth, your teeth will move to cover the gap of a missing tooth, creating worse gaps. More importantly, the jawbone will also begin to atrophy, making the surrounding teeth weaker and more likely to fall out. This also means you should get your dental implant in sooner rather than later because the jawbone can in some cases become too weak to even support the implant without a bone graph.
A dental implant will replace all elements of a missing tooth, not just the aesthetics. The post will strengthen the jawbone and surrounding teeth just like a real tooth would, and the attached crown will keep other teeth in place.
If you are wondering how long it takes to get a dental implant, here is a brief description of the four appointments it usually requires.
First appointment. During this appointment we insure that your teeth are in the proper place for implants, and that you are a good candidate for the procedure.
Second appointment. Our Boise dentists place the post of the implant in the jawbone. It will take four to six months to allow the bone to heal around the post. During this time you may wear a temporary crown on a flipper or retainer.
Third appointment. We take an impression of the area for the new crown. This is also the time when we match the color of the crown to the color of your teeth.
- Note: If you want to whiten your teeth, you should either do so before this appointment or plan on getting a lighter shade, as the crown will not change color with whitening.
Fourth appointment. We attach the new crown to the post and cement it into place. Dental implants usually last your lifetime, so you shouldn’t need to worry about it again!
Maintain a Beautiful Smile. Implants offer more than just a complete set of teeth—any retainer or flipper could do that; implants also strengthen your jawbone so that your features keep their shape (otherwise, the missing tooth and root can cause your face to “fall”). So getting dental implants can give your whole face a more youthful appearance!
Regain Chewing Ability. Dental implants can take just as much abuse as regular teeth. Not only can you use your whole mouth for eating, the replaced tooth will reduce the strain put on your other teeth.
Protect Your Surrounding Teeth. With a post to strengthen your jawbone, your surrounding teeth will stay strong as well and will not be able to turn or become crowded.
If you need dental implants, the sooner you get them the better. We would love to set up a consultation at our Boise office, or feel free to leave a question in the comments!
Restoring a smile depends heavily on what you want or need. Do you have missing teeth? Decayed or chipped teeth? Do you simply want whiter teeth? All these factors play into what kind of procedures the Boise dentists at Summit Dental will use.
Veneers and Crowns
The most common procedures for smile restorations are porcelain veneers and crowns. While made of the same material and resulting in the same effect (white, smooth teeth), veneers and crowns each have their own uses. Veneers are thin layers of porcelain that can change the shade and shaping of a tooth that is discolored or chipped, in addition to smoothing out spacing issues such as crowded teeth or excess spacing. They work well when replacing old fillings and are best used on teeth that have a sound structure. If your teeth are structurally sound or the veneers are strictly for cosmetic purposes, veneers could be your best option.
If your teeth are significantly worn down or need more protection, you may need to consider a porcelain crown instead. A crown is a covering for a tooth that improves strength as well as appearance. They can restore a broken or worn down tooth, mask flaws in color and shape, and strengthen a tooth that was composed of more filling than tooth structure. Crowns are a good fit for teeth that are significantly decayed or that don’t have as much healthy teeth structure.
Implants and Bridges
Need a smile restoration for missing teeth? Implants and bridges are reliable replacements for missing teeth that will give you what feels and looks like a real tooth. When you have lost a tooth, replacing it with an implant can prevent jawbone deterioration and further tooth loss in addition to giving you a great smile. The post placed in your jawbone acts as the tooth’s root, keeping the jawbone strong. The crown attached to this post keeps the surrounding teeth in the right place, gives you a strong tooth for eating and chewing, and completes your smile with a tooth that is identical in shape and color with your other teeth. If you already have an implant but want an even further restored smile, replacing this crown in addition to adding porcelain veneers or crowns to your other teeth is an excellent way to get your ideal smile.
Each of your teeth may be unique; some may be worn down, others simply discolored, and so on. For the best smile restoration, our Boise dentists can use a combination of veneers, crowns, and implants to give you your most winning smile. In addition, while some of your teeth may need a porcelain veneer or crown, some may only require a little teeth whitening. Check out our previous blog on teeth whitening for more information on these procedures.
Have more questions about smile restoration? Stop by our Boise dentist office for a consultation, or leave us a comment or question below.