Posterior (Back) Tooth Replacement
Once you learn about dental implants, you finally realize there is a way to improve your life. When you lose several teeth - whether it's a new situation or something you have lived with for years - chances are you have never become fully accustomed to losing such a vital part of yourself.
Now you can start over! With titanium tooth roots your dentist can offer replacement teeth that look, feel and function just like natural teeth. Dental implants can be your doorway to renewed self-confidence and peace of mind.
Dental implants fuse with the jawbone to form a secure foundation for tooth replacement. This concept for oral rehabilitation was developed more than thirty-five years ago by a Swedish scientist and orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Per-Ingvar Branemark. With his pioneering research, Dr. Branemark opened the door to a lifetime of renewed comfort and self-confidence for millions of individuals facing the frustration and embarrassment of tooth loss.
What Can be Restored?
Missing back teeth have unique demands. The challenge is to replace your missing teeth for both appearance and function without harming your remaining teeth or gum tissue.
Appearance - Besides good function, the ideal replacement must look like natural teeth, both to you and to others. The solutions possible with Nobel Biocare implant products take advantage of the best appearance possibilities available in dentistry.
Confidence - The ideal replacement for missing teeth must also feel like natural teeth and be easy to keep clean. Knowing your teeth are stable while eating and talking means a lot. You'll also be glad your treatment did not require grinding on your remaining natural teeth.
Security - The long term safety of replacing your lost teeth with dental implants is well established and your doctor will discuss with you a treatment plan designed just for you.
What are the treatment steps?
The first step is the placement of titanium implants to replace lost teeth. These implants will remain covered underneath the gum for approximately 3 to 6 months. During this time, the implants should fuse to the bone.
The second step of the procedure involves uncovering the implants and attaching a post to each implant. This completes the foundation on which your teeth will be placed. In some instances, your surgeon may decide to place the posts at the time of the initial surgery.
The final step is the placement of your new teeth by your dentist. With techniques that ensure optimal size, shape, color and fit, your replacement teeth should blend with your remaining teeth.
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