A Long-Lasting, Durable Way To Improve Your Smile
Experts estimate there are about 40 million Americans who have no teeth and about 178 million Americans with at least one tooth gone. The problem seems to get worse as age increases, as research shows that the lack of any remaining natural teeth affects 30 percent of U.S. adults aged 65-74.
Although the aesthetic problems that come with missing teeth are serious, there are additional health risks that may affect your mouth long-term. A natural tooth consists of a tooth and a root that is embedded in the jawbone. The root stimulates new bone growth in the jaw. Once the root is gone, the bone may deteriorate and crumble over time, leading to changes in the jaw shape and additional loose or missing teeth.
What Are Dental Implants?
Fortunately, there is a simple way that we can help restore your smile. At Summit Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we work with your regular dentist to create a smile you can be proud of. Patients work directly with an Implant Treatment Coordinator to ensure that their needs are met through each step of the process.
An implant is the rod, abutment and crown that replaces a missing tooth. If an extraction is necessary to remove a damaged tooth, your Summit surgeon will perform that procedure ﬁrst, then determine if there is enough bone to support an implant. If not, a bone graft may be necessary before the implant process.
Once the jaw is ready, we place the titanium rod in the jawbone and allow time for the bone to bond and heal around it. Then at the next appointment, an abutment, or support post, is placed on top of the rod, and eventually the new tooth, or crown, is attached to it. If requested by your referring dentist, we can use new iTero scanning technology to take an impression for the crown while you are in our chair. This means that you go straight to your dentist to complete the final steps without an additional trip for impressions to send to the lab.
Implants don’t damage any surrounding teeth, can last for decades if placed and cared for correctly and keep the jawbone healthy.
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We are proud to be accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care and provide our patients with hospital-like facilities and surgeons for more comfortable, higher-quality treatment. Call us today to schedule a consultation with a surgeon to restore your smile.