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Since they were first developed in the 1970s, modern dental implants have grown in popularity as a tooth replacement method. It is a revolutionary treatment that is helping about 500,000 patients per year according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. This procedure can be performed by Dr. Rosanne Palermo, a family dentist in Erie, PA. Learn more about dental implants, and how they can help rebuild your smile.
Dental Implants Replace Missing Teeth
The part of your tooth that shows above the gum line is only the crown. Below the gum line there is a root that is firmly entrenched in your bone tissue. A dental implant replaces that root and integrates with healthy bone tissue so that a new crown can be installed. Unlike a removable denture, the implant cannot be removed and is indistinguishable from your other teeth.
Building a Dental Implant
A dental implant is made of a small titanium rod that looks very similar to a screw. The titanium material is biocompatible, which makes it ideal for combining with the bone tissue in a process called osseointegration. Once it is firmly in place, which may take a few months, your Erie, PA, family dentist will add an abutment device, which will support a dental crown.
After tooth loss, you may assume that your only option is to wear a denture device that could slip out at any time. But when you have an implant you don’t have to worry about slippage or embarrassing situations. Once your dental implant is installed, you’ll soon forget that you even have one because the titanium part is hidden. It’s just like having a new tooth and modern crowns look very natural. Having an implant will help your bone tissue stay healthy and viable. When you take good care of your teeth and gums, the implant could be a part of your mouth for a lifetime.
Your Dental Implant Consultation
It’s important that you have a dentist check your teeth soon after tooth loss if you want to be considered for a dental implant. Call (814) 833-3001 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Rosanne Palermo at her Erie, PA, family dentist office.
Loss of tooth matter due to dental disease, erosion, or bruxism is quite common in patients—especially as they get older. Luckily, in many cases, the root of a damaged tooth is still strong and in good condition. A dental crown can give that tooth new life. Find out how dental crowns can strengthen your damaged teeth and restore your entire smile to good health. If you decide that you want a crown installed, make time to see Dr. Rosanne Palermo at her Erie, PA, family dentist office.
The Benefits of Strong Teeth
When you chew your food, you shouldn’t feel any pain or discomfort. You shouldn’t feel reluctant to bite down on your food with as much pressure as needed to thoroughly break it down. When your teeth are strong, you can eat all of your favorite foods, whether soft or tough in texture. When your teeth feel strong and look good, you may also be more motivated to keep them healthy with good dental hygiene procedures.
What Dental Crowns Do
Crowns have rescued the smiles of countless dental patients. When the outer enamel layer of your natural tooth is chipped and broken, a dental crown hides the damage. It provides you with a protective, stable outer shell that will last for about 10 years or longer. Dental crowns also improve the overall appearance and shape of your smile.
The Crown Installation Procedure
You won’t have to wait very long to get your new custom crown. The entire process takes about two to three weeks. First, your Erie family dentist must be sure that your tooth is stable enough for a crown installation. If so, the outer layer of the tooth will be removed so that a new dental impression can be taken. A dental technician will use the mold to determine the shape of your crown and create one out of porcelain material. At your next appointment, the installation procedure (bonding and shaping) will be completed.
Make a Crown Appointment
Don’t give up on your smile just because you have tooth damage—do whatever is necessary to keep all of your teeth strong and healthy for life. Call 814-833-3001 today to schedule time with Dr. Palermo at her Erie, PA, family dentist office and find out if crowns are right for you.