Dr. Laurie Bloch - Exceptional Dentistry in Las Vegas, NV


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Questions About Dental Implants

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a small titanium screw that is placed in the upper or lower jaw to act as the tooth's root for a replacement tooth. The properties in the titanium allow the screw to fuse with the natural bone of the jaw creating a strong anchor for the replacement tooth. An oral surgeon will place the dental implant in the jaw and the implant will need a few weeks for healing time before the replacement tooth may be attached.

Why have a dental implant?

If you are missing one or more teeth and do not want the hassle of a dental bridge, a dental implant is the perfect solution. Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement option. They never need to be removed and they last a lifetime. You can speak and eat just as you would with a natural tooth. Dental implants are durable and function as a normal tooth functions.

How does a dental implant work for tooth replacement?

The dental implant is placed in the jaw where the original tooth was. An abutment is attached to the screw of the implant and is where the replacement tooth attaches to the implant. The replacement tooth is a dental crown usually made of strong dental porcelain. The dental crown is crafted to look like your natural tooth in shape, texture, and color. The dental implant is the replacement for the tooth's root and the dental crown is the replacement for the tooth. Together, the dental implant and crown look, act, and function as a natural tooth. They are unnoticeable as dental work and blend naturally with your other teeth.

What are the advantages of dental implants?

There are many advantages to dental implants. They are a better option in most cases than dental bridges and dentures. Some of the advantages of dental implants are:
  • They prevent bone loss by replacing the tooth's root
  • They keep the bone tissue in its original, youthful shape and prevent the space from shrinking
  • Modifications to adjoining teeth are not required as with dental bridges and dentures
  • Dental implants can last a lifetime
  • Shifting and moving of the teeth are avoided because the tooth's root is replaced
  • They are not visible and require little maintenance
  • They improve the appearance of your smile by acting and looking like natural teeth
  • They preserve your natural teeth by preventing bone and tooth loss
  • Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement option
Where do I get dental implants?

If you are interested in having dental implants to improve the appearance and health of your smile, please contact our experienced Las Vegas Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Laurie to schedule a consultation.

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