Missing teeth are often associated with difficulty eating and speaking, a lowered self-esteem and frustration. More traditional tooth replacement options, such as dentures, crowns and bridges, can help relieve some of these concerns, but are often a temporary solution to a long-term problem. These options easily become ill-fitting in a changing smile, with facial features gradually transforming as the jaw bone recedes from lack of use. Dr. Anna Weber often recommends dental implants for patients ready to change their life with a permanent smile solution.
Dental implants are comprised of three pieces: a titanium implant posed that is surgically placed in the jawbone, the abutment, and the dental crown above the gum line. The abutment serves as a supporting piece to mount the natural-looking crown to the implant, which is a decay-resistant post resembling a screw that is rooted into the gums to provide the same bone stimulation as your natural tooth roots. Implant supported dentures (link to implant supported dentures page) use a number of implants to support a fully-custom denture.