Replacing a Single Tooth
While you may not realize it, a single missing tooth can have an effect on your ability to talk or chew, depending on where it is located. The same can be said of a tooth which is so badly damaged that it cannot be repaired. For decades the only method used by most dentists to replace the missing tooth was to install a bridge.
Bridges Are Destructive
Although installing a bridge can certainly replace the missing tooth, it does so at a cost. The price of a bridge, beyond the financial one, is something that many people are not aware of. When the dentist goes to install the bridge, he must grind the tooth on either side in a process referred to as recontouring. This is done to allow a crown to be installed on them along with the new tooth. This process removes a thin layer of the enamel from both teeth, making them more susceptible to decay and further damage. In time the damage will become more and more prevalent and the bridge will eventually fail. The average life span for that bridge will be 5 to 7 years.
Implants Cause No Harm
When you come to Dr. De Andrade of Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants, the last thing he wants to do is cause damage to your remaining teeth. When you come for an implant, it is considered a surgical procedure as a single titanium post must be installed into your jawbone. It is then left untouched while it integrates (becomes a part of) into your jawbone. In other words, bone will form around the post, locking it firmly in place. This procedure with proper care and proper installation will last forever.
Once the post has become a permanent part of your jawbone, the new prosthetic tooth can be attached to it. There is no need to cause any damage to the neighboring teeth and when completed, only you and your dentist need know the tooth is not your own. Dr. De Andrade will thoroughly examine you to ensure your jawbone can support the post before offering you this procedure to ensure you have the highest possible chance of success.