Dental Implants at Riverview Dental Designs
When it comes to getting dental implants in Tuscaloosa, the process at Riverview Dental Designs is unique. At Riverview Dental Designs, Dr. Diaz can complete the entire implant procedure in our office without having to refer patients. We are able to complete any pre-implant procedures (including bone grafting), place the dental implant, and restore the dental implant with a crown within the comfort and familiarity of our office from start to finish.
What Is a Dental Implant
A dental implant is a post, usually made of titanium alloy that serves as a substitute for a natural tooth’s root. The implant is placed in the jawbone so that it fuses with the natural bone to become a sturdy foundation for a replacement tooth or teeth. Implants can be used to replace individual teeth or to support a bridge or denture containing multiple teeth.
Dental implants are an innovative standard for tooth replacement, as they look and feel like natural teeth and can last a lifetime. Since dental implants transfer pressure directly to one’s bone in the same fashion as natural teeth, your bite and surrounding teeth are not compromised – your mouth accepts them as real teeth. Implants integrate with one’s own natural, healthy bone and provide permanent support for dental crowns and dentures.
While they seem like a relatively new innovation, the idea of dental implants dates back as far as the Mayan civilization. Beginning in the 1950’s when titanium was clinically observed to integrate with bone, dental implants became a more realistic alternative to replacing missing teeth. Evolving research, progress, and technology in dental implant materials and procedures now make them the best approach for replacing a single missing tooth or multiple teeth.
Who Can Receive Dental Implants
Dental implants can be provided to most patients who are missing teeth due to decay, disease, injury, or other medical conditions. You also may be a candidate for a dental implant if you can’t wear conventional dentures or find them uncomfortable, or if you don’t want to sacrifice existing tooth structure to support a dental bridge.
Since surgery is required, implant patients must be in good general health with healthy gums and adequate bone structure. If an implant site lacks adequate bone structure, we may be able to perform bone grafting procedures to improve it. Your medical history will be discussed with your dentist, as some medical conditions may affect dental implant treatment.
Why Dental Implants
If you are missing a tooth or even multiple teeth, you are one of about twenty million people who might be embarrassed about smiling, have difficulty eating, and worry about how you sound when you talk. Dental implants can help you get back into the full swing of life with confidence.
What Will Happen Without Dental Implant Treatment
Without dental implants to replace a missing tooth or teeth, your jawbone will diminish due to lack of activity and decreased bone structure where the tooth or teeth should be. Teeth can shift into the empty space, and as a result your smile can change and problems can arise with your bite and temporomandibular joint (TMJ). The overall shape of your face can change due to bone loss and can cause one to look prematurely aged.
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