How do you replace a missing tooth with something that is permanent?

 

Bridge or Implant. 

 

Implant: a crown that is supported by the implant independent of the adjacent teeth

 

Bridge:  the surrounding teeth are filed down and crowns are placed on those filed teeth which serve to anchor/support the missing tooth crown

What are the components of an implant?

 

1. Implant (titanium screw)

2. Abutment (connects implant to crown)

3. Crown 

Why do you bone graft a socket?

 

You graft a socket to prevent the bone from shrinking therefore allowing ideal implant placement.

What is a sinus lift?

 

Your sinus is an air filled sac held up by the roots of your back upper teeth. Over time after a tooth is extracted the sinus lowers into the area previously occupied by the roots. To place an implant this space needs to be reclaimed. With bone graft material the sinus is pushed back up allowing implant placement.

When is a good time to have a dentist look at my receding gums?

 

1. Area is sensitive

2. Recession is getting worse with time

3. Unhappy with the appearance

What is osseous surgery?

 

Osseous surgery is used to access areas deep underneath the gums that conventional cleanings can't reach.

 

Once accessed the bad bacteria are removed and the bone previously destroyed by the bacteria is reshaped to proper form.