Implant Placement & Restoration
Missing teeth cause a lot of problems. You’re probably already familiar with how they affect your appearance and the impact that this can have on your life. In our society, missing teeth carry a stigma, and people may pass unfair and untrue judgments on your hygiene or even your intelligence. In turn, this is likely to affect your self-confidence and self-esteem.
As upsetting and troublesome as this is, these issues are only part of the problem. Missing teeth also create problems with your overall oral health.
Within your gums, there’s a relationship between the roots of your teeth and your periodontal bone. The bone holds the roots in place, and in exchange, the roots stimulate the bone to constantly renew itself. If you lose a tooth, this relationship comes to a halt, and your bone will not be stimulated to renew itself. This leads to bone loss, which can affect the shape of your face and lead to additional lost teeth.
Why Dental Implants?
We offer several options for tooth replacement, and we are happy to discuss all of these with you. One option that is quickly gaining in popularity is dental implants. Dental implants are the closest that science has come to creating a natural tooth, and they’re nearly identical in appearance and function.
The implant itself is a post made from a biocompatible metal, like titanium, that Dr. Aldrich places surgically into your jaw bone. This implant functions like your natural tooth root and helps to restore the relationship between the bone and the root, preventing bone shrinkage.
Once the area has healed, we’ll top your implant with a restoration designed to blend in beautifully with your other teeth and restore chewing function. This restoration might be a crown or a bridge. In some cases, implants can even be used to secure dentures in place.
In-House From Start to Finish
Dr. Aldrich is skilled in both placing and restoring dental implants, which means that we can usually perform the entire process, from beginning to end, right here in our Waterloo dental office. This helps to keep costs down and allows for continuity of care.
We want to make your life simpler, and placing and restoring dental implants is one of the ways that we can do that.
Are Dental Implants Right for You?
Call Waterloo Dental Associates to schedule a dental implant consultation with Dr. Christopher Aldrich. He’ll perform an examination and x-rays to make sure that you have sufficient bone for the procedure and discuss your hopes and goals to see if dental implants are a good option for you.
Dental implants are right for many people, but they aren’t right for everybody. If it seems like dental implants might not be the right fit for you, Dr. Aldrich will help you explore your other options for restoring your smile.
Call today to schedule your consultation.