Tooth loss is a common dental problem experienced by patients across the globe. There are many reasons behind the onset of this condition, with old age being the leading cause for most cases. Some other causes include dental problems like gingivitis, advanced gum disease, and poor oral hygiene habits. Failure to find a solution for tooth loss during its early stages may lead to bigger problems like an awkward and possibly disfigured smile. Although dentures are still effective solutions available at our Paducah dental care clinic, we recommend you think about getting dental implants as an alternative.
Implant fitting is simpler than most people think. We like to refer to it as a “root replacement”. Similar to a “knee” or “hip” replacement, an implant replaces the root of a tooth and is made out of titanium. The procedure starts off with the placement of an implant in the site of the missing tooth. Just as you wouldn’t skip out of the hospital after a knee replacement, you also need to let the “root replacement” heal before using it. Once healed, a crown is then placed on top of the implant or “root replacement”.
The primary function of an implant is to act as an anchor and support a replacement tooth, bridge, or denture. It is a modern answer to tooth loss and offers patients comfort, reliability, and various other benefits. Implants look and feel just like real teeth, enabling you to smile and laugh with full confidence and enjoy the foods you like.