A solid root structure is influential in maintaining healthy teeth. Damaged roots can lead to tooth rot, decay and can ultimately lead to tooth loss. A dental implant can be used to replace a tooth root. Dental implants are an anchor for replacement teeth.
How do dental implants work?
The dental implant is inserted into the jawbone, and then the false tooth also called a “pontic”, is attached. Made of titanium which blends well with bone, implants create a strong support structure which will hold your false tooth to your jaw – for the rest of your life.
Once your implant is installed, the artificial tooth is installed. Unlike dentures, these teeth are not removable; they are permanent and behave like your natural teeth.
Unhappy denture wearers . . . let’s talk technology
Most likely, technology has changed since your original prosthetic was made and there are practical alternatives available for you. There have been advances in implants and in the procedures used to place them. Now, patients who were once told they were not a candidate can be considered a viable and likely contender.
Dentist West Kelowna Offering Dental Implants
Today, dental implants are a common procedure. Implants can be used to replace teeth, support permanent dental bridges and missing teeth, or support full/partial dentures. With an X-ray and examination, Dr. Palmer can help advise you on which new option you may have available to you. To learn more about the procedure or how much dental implants cost, contact us anytime or call us.