One or more missing teeth can cause more issues than just a gap in your smile. With a missing tooth comes many symptoms and side effects that you may not have realized. However, a dental implant from your dentist can close your gaps, replace your teeth and their roots, and stop the side effects of tooth loss in their tracks. Find out more about dental implants with Dr. Ballard Morgan at Morgan Dental Services in Lexington, KY.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant replaces a missing tooth but does more than just fill in your gap above the gumline. Implants also replace your tooth’s root, permanently implanted into the jawbone beneath your gap. The bone grows around the implant to lock it into place. The process requires only a handful of appointments with your dentist and the implant itself lasts a lifetime with the proper care.
The Anatomy of a Dental Implant
Dental implants have three main components: the fixture, the prosthetic tooth, and the abutment. The fixture resembles a small post and lies permanently within the jawbone under your missing tooth. The prosthetic tooth covers the fixture to replace your tooth above the gumline. The abutment connects the two main pieces together.
Can a dental implant help me?
Dental implants can help patients in a variety of situations. A single implant replaces a single tooth, but implants can also replace several teeth in a row or even all the teeth on an arch. A good candidate for this procedure is in good dental health and has an adequate bone volume in the area of the implant to support the fixture and prosthetic tooth. Patients should also have a great at-home oral care routine to keep their natural teeth and implants healthy. This includes brushing twice daily and flossing at least once with regular dental check-ups and cleanings every six months.
Dental Implants in Lexington, KY
For more information on dental implants, please contact your dentist, Dr. Ballard Morgan at Morgan Dental Services in Lexington, KY. Call (859) 233-7700 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Morgan today!