Dr Jacob Smith is our implant and cosmetic dentist.
Dr Smith will install a dental implant if you have lost a tooth as it is the most ideal replacement. He is an experienced implant and cosmetic dentist who has the utmost care for his patients. Dr Smith will ensure your smile is appealing and functional by combining his cosmetic and implant knowledge.
Dental implants are made out of two parts – the implant itself and the crown. These two parts work together to ensure the most durable solution to a missing tooth that will be permanent once the implant fuses with the jaw bone. This restoration will also look completely natural as it will be custom-made to suit your smile in terms of colour and shape.
How does a dental implant work?
The most important part of the dental implant is the titanium implant itself. This is inserted directly into your jawbone through your gum and as it is a biocompatible material it will begin to fuse with your natural bone. This creates a prosthetic tooth root as the jawbone and implant will be forged together, creating a solid and durable base for your dental implant crown. The fusion process is known as osseointegration and will take a couple of months to be completed. During this time you may be required to wear a temporary crown which will fitted by Dr Smith.
Your dental implant crown will be fitted for aesthetic reasons and will ensure that your speaking and chewing function will be restored. The team at MyDental Care will take time to ensure that your smile looks natural even with the installation of prosthetics. In order to do this we will construct your crown out of a colour that will be colour-matched to your real teeth. Your crown will also be shaped so that it fits seamlessly with your smile. Dr Smith will always install implants and crowns with your final appearance in mind.
Why do I need to replace a tooth?
It is critical that you replace a missing tooth as the pressure that is put on the surface of your tooth moves through your roots and into your jawbone, stimulating the bone and ensuring that it maintains its density and strength. Without this stimulus your jawbone will begin to recede which can result in an altered facial profile and further tooth loss in extreme cases. The teeth around your gap can also begin to move in order to compensate for the gap which can result in crookedness. If you have undergone orthodontics in the past then imagine if all of your teeth became crooked again – this would be devastating, not to mention costly, to have this fixed once again.
Am I an ideal candidate for a dental implant?
In order to receive a dental implant you will be required to be in a healthy state. This means your mouth must be free of disease and it is recommended that you are a non-smoker to ensure the best chance of osseointegration. Research has shown that people who smoke are at significantly greater risk of dental implant failure.
Here at MyDental Care we will do everything in our power to ensure that you are healthy and fit for any dental restorations you require.