What are dental implants?
Dental implants are arguably the best option for replacing missing teeth. Each tooth in your mouth has a particular purpose, from holding nearby teeth in place to allow chewing or speaking. They also help balance the force of your bite across your jaw to prevent tooth damage from too much pressure in a single place.
Dental implants act to restore and reinforce the structure of a full smile. At Blue Sky Family Dentistry, Dr. Corpron uses titanium or zirconium, which are biocompatible metals, to create sturdy implants that integrate with your bone. Then, he makes custom crowns to fit over the implants that he can remove or replace if necessary.
How do dental implants and implant restoration work?
Dr. Corpron performs surgery to place your implant into your jawbone. This procedure is usually a multi-appointment process that may take several months to account for healing time between each step.
Once the implant fuses to your jawbone with no signs of an infection, he uses the iTero digital scanner to make a three-dimensional digital impression of your teeth. He uses this imaging tool to create a custom crown that fits onto the abutment placed during the initial procedure.
To make your new tooth, Dr. Corpron uses porcelain or ceramic materials to restore your smile to an attractive yet functional state. While these materials are undoubtedly durable, they also look a lot like teeth and are matched to the color, shape, and size of the tooth you lost.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
To be a candidate for a dental implant, you must meet several criteria. Dr. Corpron evaluates your smile and your medical history to help you decide if an implant is a good option. You might qualify for dental implants if you:
- Have healthy, dense bone in your jaw
- Don’t smoke or chew tobacco
- Don’t have health conditions that affect your healing
- Don’t have gum disease
- Want to use your new tooth normally
Implants stay in your mouth permanently, but Dr. Corpron can change your crown at his office if necessary. If you’d rather have a device that’s easy to take out on-demand, there are other options you can explore.
Book your consultation for dental implants over the phone or by using the online scheduling tool at Blue Sky Family Dentistry today.