Are you missing one or more teeth? You are not alone – at least 178 million Americans are missing one or more teeth, and about 40 million have lost all of their teeth. Missing teeth can ruin your appealing smile, and they can increase your risk for oral problems. Dentures and dental bridges can replace missing teeth, but they don’t always address many of the oral health issues associated with missing teeth. Fortunately, Trimble Dental offers the implant dentures Eau Claire residents need for a healthy smile.
Trimble Dental Provides Implant Dentures Eau Claire Need for a Great Smile
Our dental office provides the implant dentures Eau Claire residents appreciate for long-lasting dental health.
What are dental implants in Eau Claire?
Dental implants are a permanent replacement for missing teeth. A dental implant has three main parts:
- Dental implant – a metal post placed into your jaw
- Dental crown – sits on top of the implant, and looks like a natural tooth
- Abutment – connects the implant and the crown
The dental implant procedure
Trimble Dental offers dental implants Eau Claire residents rely on for an appealing, healthy smile. Dental implants require several trips to the dentist. During your first visit, our dentist will evaluate your overall dental health and help you determine if dental implants are right for you.
Next, our dentist will implant a screw-shaped metal post into your jawbone. Over the next few weeks, your jawbone will fuse with the metal post, in a process known as osseointegration. This process creates a sturdy support for the dental crown.
Your dentist may place the abutment when they implant the metal post, or they may place the abutment at a separate visit a couple of weeks after placement of the implant.
Once osseointegration is complete, you will return to your dentist’s office for the dental crown, also known as a pontic. Your dentist will cement or snap the pontic into place during this visit.
Why is it important to replace a missing tooth?
Your teeth help keep your jawbone healthy. The act of chewing puts pressure on your teeth; this pressure travels down to the roots of your teeth and into your jawbone, where it stimulates the growth of new bone tissue. When you lose a tooth, you also lose the process of stimulating bone growth. Without this stimulation, your jawbone loses density and strength – and it loses its ability to hold your remaining teeth in place. Nearby teeth can drift into the space created by the missing tooth, or even fall out. Missing teeth and drifting teeth can also increase your risk for gum disease.
Dr. Trimble performs a wide variety of services, including cleanings, dentures, and implant teeth Eau Claire people need for a healthy smile.
Eau Claire Dentist Discusses the Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants provide a number of benefits over dentures and dental bridges.
- Look like natural teeth for a dazzling smile
- Function like natural teeth, so you can talk, eat and laugh with confidence
- Are easy to care for – just brush and floss as usual
- Can last a lifetime
- Prevent bone loss
- Keep adjacent teeth stable
- Help prevent gum disease
- Prevent facial sagging for a more youthful appearance
Our dental team offers implant dentistry Eau Claire residents turn to for a youthful looking smile. For more information about dental implants, contact Trimble Dental.