Have you lost a permanent tooth because of decay, an oral accident, or another issue? Losing a tooth can make simple things like chewing and speaking difficult. In addition, a lost tooth mars the beauty of the smile. So, what can be done about a lost tooth? A dental implant can restore the beauty and functionality of your smile.
A dental implant is made up of three parts: a titanium implant post, an abutment, and a dental restoration. The titanium implant post replaces the root of the tooth and is designed to fuse with the jawbone. The dental restoration, like a dental crown or dental bridge, replaces the visible portion of the tooth. The abutment connects the implant post with the dental restoration.
To place a dental implant, Dr. Jeremy Hixson will first surgically place the implant into the jawbone. During the healing process, which may take a few months, the implant post will fuse with the jawbone. The abutment will then be attached to the implant post. Your regular dentist will then take impressions of the gap and the surrounding teeth, which will be used to create your dental restoration. When your restoration is complete, it will be attached to the dental abutment.
If you would like to learn more about dental implants in Eagle, Idaho, and to schedule an appointment with our dentist, we welcome you to contact Eagle Oral Surgery and Implant Center at (208) 995-2865 today.