Missing a tooth due to a congenital abnormality is more common than some might think. The most common tooth affected by this abnormality is the lateral incisor. Since this is such as visible tooth and very important to oral function, our oral surgeon provides options for patients desiring a complete smile. With the help of a tooth implant, those missing teeth can enjoy improved oral function and a beautiful smile.
How were congenitally missing teeth restored in the past?
Before dental implants, patients with one or more congenitally missing teeth wore bridges or partial dentures—that is, if they replaced their teeth at all. Today, however, dental implants are the favored method for completing a smile because they are durable, long lasting, and biocompatible.
What is a tooth implant?
A tooth implant, also called a dental implant, is a permanent prosthetic tooth that addresses all parts of a missing tooth—including its roots. Instead of only addressing the visible portion of a missing tooth like a bridge or denture does, a dental implant restores tooth structures beneath the gums. Like a tooth’s roots, an implant consists of a titanium post that is surgically placed into the jawbone. Since titanium is biocompatible, the bone will fuse around the post with time. This process is what provides the sturdy pillar for a prosthetic crown. A crown replaces the visible structure of a tooth and can be made from very natural looking materials such as ceramics or porcelain fused to metal. Once the implant is stabilized by the bone, the permanent, custom made crown is attached to its abutment. Crowns provide the biting and chewing surface necessary for eating food and they support neighboring teeth.
How do I know if dental implants are right for me?
Dental implants are ideal for patients who have congenitally missing teeth or those who have lost a tooth (or teeth) to injury or disease. The best candidates for this procedure should be free of gum disease and non-smokers.
To determine if this option is right for you, we recommend that you schedule a consultation with our skilled team. Call East Hills Dental Associates at 516-484-6600 today to book your appointment.