When you lose a tooth, you lose both the root and the crown. The crown is the outer visible layer of your tooth that’s used to chew food. The root’s job is to keep your tooth firmly tethered into your jaw, just like a tree root. Although your dentist will do everything possible to save your natural teeth, sometimes they’re too damaged to repair. But even though you may have lost one or more teeth, this doesn’t mean your beautiful smile has to vanish! At the office of Dale Probst, a cosmetic dentist in James Island, we can replace a missing tooth with a small dental implant. Here are some basic facts about this revolutionary way to restore your smile:
- What are they? – Implants are metal posts and frames that are placed to fill the gaps left by missing teeth. Basically, they’re manufactured crowns and roots for your jaw.
- How are they installed? – Dental implants are surgically installed by putting a metal post deep into your jawbone that acts as a manufactured root, then placing a replacement tooth onto the post.
- Natural look – Unlike dentures and partial dentures, dental implants offer a smooth, natural look and feel in your mouth. They’re not only great for aesthetic reasons, but they’re actually more secure dentures or partial dentures.
- Maintenance – Just like with your real teeth, you’ll need to keep your dental implants clean and cared for. This will help the implants stay strong. Scheduling routine dental visits for a deep cleaning is crucial for the care of your dental implants.
If you are interested in implant dentistry, schedule an appointment with Dale Probst, DMD. Our cosmetic dentist serves James Island, North Charleston, Charleston, Summerville, and surrounding areas of the South Carolina Lowcountry. We guarantee you’ll leave our office grinning ear to ear!