Unless you’re waiting for the tooth fairy, having a missing tooth is not that much fun. In adults, missing teeth are more than an inconvenience; they can be a hazard that makes speaking, chewing and, of course, smiling difficult. If you’re contending with a missing tooth, don’t despair. With dental implants, the dentists at Lakes Dentistry in Lakewood, WA, replace missing teeth and restore beautiful smiles.
Of all the tooth restoration options available—crown and bridgework, as well as partial and full dentures—dental implants are the most lifelike. Whereas the others replace only the crown of your tooth, a dental implant replaces the root as well. Furthermore, implants can be used to reliably hold these other prosthetic devices in place so you don’t have to worry about them slipping.
Dental Implants for Stability and Strength
People have missing teeth for a number of reasons:
- Severe decay that necessitates extraction
- A failed root canal
- Traumatic Injury
- Congenital defects
Regardless of the reason, replacing a missing tooth is important not only for the sake of being able to talk, eat and smile, but also to avoid the possibility of adjacent teeth shifting and thereby causing an improper bite. When you come to Lakes Dentistry for a dental implant, Dr. Megan Miller or Dr. Bob Williams work with highly skilled oral surgeons and periodontists who will surgically implant a titanium post in the jawbone beneath the open socket of your missing tooth. As you heal, the post will anchor into the bone—much like an actual tooth root—forming a firm foundation.
Once the implant is secure, you’ll return to our office for the restoration. Our lab will fabricate a permanent crown or denture according to the dentist’s design. Your new teeth will match the color and size of your natural teeth for a smile that looks completely natural.
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If you would like to learn more about dental implants, schedule a consultation with the dentists at Lakes Dentistry in Lakewood, WA. We also serve patients from the surrounding communities of Tacoma, University Place, Parkland, Steilacoom, and Joint Base Lewis-McChord.