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By Drs Lawitts and Yeates
March 02, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Missing teeth cause a myriad of hidden problems which many people are not aware of. The unstimulated bone underneath a missing dental implantstooth degrades over time, causing sagging facial muscles and bite issues. Luckily, your Syracuse, NY dentist has replacement options for your missing tooth. Getting your smile back and preventing further issues could be as easy as asking your dentist about dental implants.

The Parts of a Dental Implant
Understanding the different parts of a dental implant helps you understand how the process works. The parts of a dental implant include:

  • Implant Fixture: This part of your implant replaces your missing tooth’s root. The fixture is made up of a small post implanted directly into the jawbone underneath the gum tissue of your missing tooth. Over time, this post integrates into the bone, providing a foundation for the rest of the implant.
  • Implant Abutment: The implant’s abutment attaches to the fixture once it has integrated into the bone. This piece connects the fixture to the actual replacement tooth.
  • Prosthetic Tooth: The prosthetic tooth is a dental crown fabricated to permanently attach to the implant’s abutment. This replacement tooth feels and functions just like a natural tooth, allowing you to chew and speak normally.

The Dental Implant Process
A good candidate for dental implants must have enough bone tissue remaining in which to implant the fixture. X-rays and a consultation with your dentist will determine if you meet this requirement. Additionally, candidates should be in good dental and general health as the implantation process involves general anesthesia and recovery time.

The dental implant procedure takes part in two phases: surgical implantation of the implant’s fixture and attaching the abutment and crown. The first phase involves surgery to place the fixture into the bone. In the several months it takes for the surgery site to heal, the fixture integrates into the bone and a dental laboratory customizes the crown based on a mold of your natural teeth. After successful integration, phase two begins. A second appointment attaches your crown to the fixture via the implant’s abutment. After this visit, you can use your new dental implant just as you would a natural tooth.

The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are the most effective and secure way to replace a missing tooth. Unlike removable bridges or dentures, dental implants are permanent and fixed, meaning your tooth replacement stays in your mouth with no soaking, special treatment or extra care required. The ease of caring for dental implants is also a plus; simply brush twice daily and floss once just as you would your natural teeth. Be sure to see your dentist for biannual checkups to monitor your implants and keep your natural teeth healthy and decay-free.

For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Karen Lawitts, DDS and Dr. Nancy Yeates, DDS in Syracuse, NY. Call (315) 492-8138 to schedule your consultation for dental implants today!

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Dr. Karen Lawitts

Dr. Karen Lawitts

Dr. Nancy Yeates

Dr. Nancy Yeates

Dr. Lawitts was born and raised in Syracuse, NY. She received her Bachelor of Science and D.D.S degree from Northwestern University in Chicago. Dr. Nancy Yeates graduated from Canisius College with a B.A. in Biology. She then attended Georgetown University School of Dentistry.
       
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