Missing a tooth or multiple teeth can be very difficult and painful. We use our teeth not only to bite and chew, but to assist in swallowing as well as speech. So the ability to replace missing teeth provides great relief to those who need it. One of the best ways to replace missing teeth is with dental implants.
Dental implants are one of the greatest advances in dental technology in modern times. They can recreate the entire structure of a lost tooth, instead of just replacing a portion like other dental restorations. Because of this, they provide greater functionality and strength, as well as a natural look and feel. They can be used to replace a single tooth, several, or even an entire arch.
Implants work because of what you can’t see. First, a biocompatible metal screw, or post, is inserted surgically into the jaw bone. The bone grows around it in a process called osseointegration, firmly holding it in place as though it were a natural tooth root. Once this process is complete, a single crown, a bridge, or even a full set of dentures can be attached, forming the complete tooth form.
Implants are designed to be permanent solutions for missing teeth or uncomfortable dentures, and are a true revolution in restorative dentistry. To learn more about dental implants or schedule a consultation with Dr. Michael Spencer, please call our Jacksonville, FL, office at 904.355.5531. You can get started on your new smile today!