Why is it important to replace missing teeth?
Having a missing tooth can cause embarrassment and harm to your other teeth. When a tooth is missing, the remaining teeth overcompensate for the missing tooth by redirecting chewing to the opposite side of the mouth or by putting extra pressure on certain remaining teeth. Also, teeth support one another and want to connect. If a missing tooth is not replaced, the surrounding teeth will begin to shift. This will cause your overall bite to become not aligned correctly and chewing to become difficult or painful. If you have a missing tooth, there are options for replacing that tooth or teeth and restoring your smile! A dental implant is one of these great options.
The Process to receive a Dental Implant
A dental implant, or tooth implant, is often the first choice when replacing a tooth. It is a titanium screw that lies under the gums taking the place of your missing tooth’s root. The titanium implant is used as an anchor to your new permanent tooth.
A dental implant usually takes two appointments. At the first appointment, the titanium screw will be placed. Once the bone and tissue around the dental implant have healed, a crown (new tooth) is placed and anchored to the implant at the second appointment. The crown will feel and act similar to your original tooth, permitting you to chew and smile naturally.
While dental implants sound intimidating, there is no need to fear. At Coddington Dental, we offer sedation to patients who qualify. Let us help to restore your smile.
Nearly all patients with missing teeth are good candidates for dental implants. Schedule a consult today to see if a dental implant is the best solution for your missing tooth.
Coddington Dental is a proud member of Nebraska Family Dentistry. We’re one of multiple NFD locations, some of which are even open on weeknights and weekends for your convenience.
Each NFD team member is trained to go above and beyond to keep our patients calm and comfortable, so you can expect the same exceptional care from all of our sister locations.
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