How to Fix Gaps in Your Teeth

Has tooth loss changed your smile? Dental implants can close the gaps in your smile, improving your appearance. Our Fresno, CA, dental implantsdentist, Dr. Alexander Pritsky, discusses this popular restoration option.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are tiny titanium posts that serve as replacement roots for teeth you've lost. Placing the posts in your jawbone requires a minor oral surgical procedure. The implants will begin to bond to your bone after the procedure, ensuring that your implant doesn't wiggle when you chew.

You'll also need to replace the visible part of your tooth with a dental crown. Once your implant bonds to your jawbone fully, your new crown will be attached to the implant with a connector called an abutment. Your crown, abutment and implant will function as one unit, just like a natural tooth.

Will implants work for me?

Dental implants are an excellent choice for many people who experience tooth loss. Although they're often used to take the place of single teeth, implants can also replace multiple teeth. In fact, implant-supported dentures are a good choice if you've lost all of your teeth. You may be a good candidate for dental implants if:

  • You want to improve your appearance.
  • Eating has become more difficult since you've lost teeth.
  • It's difficult to speak clearly due to tooth loss.
  • You're concerned that your remaining teeth may shift due to your missing teeth.
  • You're willing to brush and floss daily to prevent infections.
  • Your jawbone is deep enough to support an implant.

Dental implants may still be possible if you have gum disease or poor jawbone depth. After you've been successfully treated for gum disease in our Fresno office, your implant procedure can begin. If jawbone depth is a problem, we may recommend a bone graft to build up your bone.

Tooth loss doesn't have to permanently alter your smile and your life. Dental implants offer a simple, long-lasting way to restore missing teeth. Call our Fresno, CA, dentist, Dr. Pritsky, at (559) 298-3900 to schedule an appointment.