Dental implants are an excellent option for replacing one or more missing teeth. Rather than fussing with loose dentures or relying on adjacent teeth to secure a fixed bridge, a dental implant offers permanent replacement of both the tooth and its missing root. Because a dental implant is surgically implanted in the jawbone, you benefit from comfort and dental health that cannot be achieved with other solutions.
To find out about implant dentistry and discuss which tooth replacement option is right for you, please call Exceptional Dentistry at 563-556-2711 today.
The Problem: Tooth Loss
About 26% of adults over the age of 74 have lost all their permanent teeth. 69% of adults aged 35 to 44 have lost at least one tooth because of an accident, tooth decay, gum disease or a failed root canal.
Years ago, only a fixed bridge or removable denture could restore missing teeth. This meant potential embarrassment, possible damage to surrounding healthy teeth and bone loss in the area of the missing tooth root. Decay and gum disease often set in. Every seven to fifteen years, the bridge or denture required replacement.
The Solution: Advanced Dental Implants
A dental implant solves these issues. The dental implant is an artificial tooth root made from titanium. The jawbone grows in around it in a process called osseointegration. This means a dental implant is permanent. Decay issues are reduced and bone loss is prevented, since the implant replaces your tooth’s missing root.
Dental implants have been in use for more than two decades. Many implants first placed by United States cosmetic dentists are still functioning beautifully. In fact, a dental implant that is properly cared for can last a lifetime.
A dental implant is composed of three parts:
- The titanium implant, called a post, which anchors the replacement tooth
- The abutment, a piece that fits into the post and protrudes above the gum line
- The porcelain crown, which fits onto the abutment and closely matches the look and feel of your natural teeth
At Exceptional Dentistry, we care about your comfort, safety and the success of the dental implant procedure. We use a three dimensional (3D) Cone-beam computed tomography system (CBCT) scanner to create an image of your jaw to determine if you are a canidate for a dental implant. The 3D image allows for detailed planning and precise placement of dental implants. Sedation dentistry is available for patients who desire. Then Dr. Ted Murray, Dr. Kristen Berning, and Dr. Alexia Oetken place the custom abutment and the final porcelain crown after the implant site has healed. The result is a seamless restoration, for better tooth function and an improved smile.
Your smile is one of the first things others notice about you. To ensure a positive first impression, and a lifetime of excellent dental health and beauty, please contact our office or call 563-556-2711 to schedule your dental implant consultation. Exceptional Dentistry serves children and adults in Dubuque, Cedar Rapids and Davenport, Iowa, as well as Galena, Illinois.