Your teeth are built to last for life. But teeth can be lost for a variety of reasons including disease, decay, and injury. Missing teeth can make eating and speaking more difficult, and can be embarrassing if visible. Dental implants are a great way to permanently replace missing or damaged teeth.
While all dental restorations replace the visible portion of teeth, dental implants take it a step further. They recreate the entire tooth structure. This gives them added strength and stability, creating a natural look as well as feel. Implants can support a single replacement tooth, a bridge, and partial or complete dentures.
The implant process starts with inserting a titanium screw, called a post, into the jaw bone. This acts as the root for the replacement tooth. As the bone grows around it in a process called osseointegration, the post becomes stable and able to support the crown. This is attached once the implant is healed.
You can receive implants even at an advanced age. In fact, health is more of a factor than age. As long as you are healthy enough to undergo surgery, you are likely a good candidate for implants. Of course, a personal consultation with Dr. James Thomason will be needed to determine whether implants are the best choice for your situation. But a full restoration of your smile is possible at North Fork Dental Care. Please call our Rexburg, ID, office to learn more about dental implants and set an appointment today.