If You've Experienced Tooth Loss, You're Not Alone
Millions of Americans experience tooth loss—mostly due to tooth decay, gum disease or injury. Until recently, the only treatment options available for people with missing teeth were bridges and dentures. Now, however, immediate dental implants are a viable, affordable option for many and anyone healthy enough to undergo a routine dental extraction or oral surgery should consider dental implants. The main requirement for dental implants is to have healthy gums, enough bone to hold the implant and a commitment to consistent oral hygiene.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a small, screw-like cylinder (made of titanium) that replaces the root portion of the missing tooth. It’s placed in the bone of the jaw and serves as an anchor to support artificial tooth replacement. The abutment is the middle section that attaches the crown to the implant. The abutment is never visible as it is covered completely with the crown. Crowns are typically made of porcelain and are designed to mimic the appearance and function of your natural teeth. Dr. Ryan specializes in the design and placement of crowns and can ensure no one will be able to tell that you have a dental implant rather than a natural tooth.