What is implant restoration?
Implant restoration is the practice of restoring your smile with dental implants and prostheses to replace missing teeth. Dental implants are sturdy titanium posts that a qualified oral surgeon implants into your jawbone to function as artificial tooth roots.
Once dental implants fuse to your bone over the course of several months, your oral surgeon attaches a connector post called an abutment.
Then, you visit Dr. Jodry, who adheres an attractive, custom-made tooth replacement to the abutment, like a crown or bridge. To better suit your needs, she offers both permanent (fixed) and removable implant restorations.
What are the benefits of implant restoration?
Implant restoration offers you the opportunity to enjoy artificial teeth that are:
- Aesthetically pleasing
Additionally, implant restorations restore facial shape that you may have lost as a result of your missing teeth and bone loss.
Implant restorations are also the only dental restoration options that preserve natural bone. Not only that, but implant restorations can actually stimulate bone growth.
Is implant restoration right for me?
Implant restoration is an excellent option if you’ve suffered partial or total tooth loss, or if you have damage to your teeth such as cracks or severe tooth decay and require an extraction.
Implant restoration also might be right for you if you’ve found that your mouth cannot successfully support non-implant prostheses, like bridges or dentures.
To qualify for dental implant restoration, you must have healthy gums, and your bone must be strong enough to hold and fuse with an implant. Also, if you want your dental implant restoration to be successful, you need to commit to practicing good oral hygiene practices and attending regular dental visits.
If you’re a heavy smoker, if you’ve had radiation on your neck or head area, or if you suffer from an uncontrolled chronic illness, like diabetes, you may not qualify for implant restoration.
If you need implant restoration, but your bone or gums aren’t healthy enough, Dr. Jodry may put together a treatment plan that includes a periodontal deep cleaning and/or referrals to other oral health professionals in the area, to help get your oral health where it needs to be to support implant restoration.
If you want to learn more about dental implant restorations, call Kathryn Jodry, DDS, or book an appointment online today.