Dr. S. Jeremy Tu recommends dental implants when teeth are damaged or missing. At Design Dental, we offer many implant solutions that will be personalized to your needs and oral health. We are currently offering dental implants services to patients from Cedar Rapids, IA.
Every day people lose a tooth for many reasons including trauma, gum disease, poor oral hygiene, and tooth decay. Actually, not many people make it through life with a full set of natural teeth. The average adult between the ages of 20 and 64 has three or more missing or decayed teeth according to the American Dental Association.
Teeth replacements are important to help these people regain optimal oral health. There are many options to choose from to help rebuild a smile that is missing teeth, but none are as durable as dental implants.
A dental implant is one of three components that make up the entire replacement tooth. The implant itself is a small titanium post that a dentist will surgically insert into the jaw. It will act as the missing tooth’s root and will support a custom dental prosthesis.
Your dentist will then attach an abutment to the implant and then then dental restoration. Dental implants can support a dental crown, fixed dental bridge, partial denture or full denture.
There are many benefits to dental implants:
- They have a success rate of up to 98%
- They are the only replacement option that will look, feel, and function like natural teeth
- Implants can last a lifetime if cared for properly
- They are permanent and stable so they will not slip around making speaking and eating easier
- They do not require damaging healthy teeth
- Implants replace the tooth at the root preventing bone loss
Dental Implants in Cedar Rapids, IA
The first step is to create a treatment plan. This is a very important step since every patient is different. We use advanced dental technology to analyze your mouth, jaw, and teeth. This may determine that you need issues addressed first such as gum disease, decay, or insufficient bone tissue.
The surgical implantation of the implant posts will be done by Dr. Tu but in many cases, he works with an oral surgeon for the placement of your dental implants. The dentist will place them in the jaw bone in specific locations from your treatment plan.
Most teeth implants need about three to six months to fully heal and integrate with the natural bone. Depending on the location of your missing teeth, we may place a temporary restoration while the implant heals and integrates with the bone. We will monitor your healing during this time.
Once the implants have fused with the jaw bone, you will return to our Cedar Rapids, IA area dentist office for the placement of the abutments and your final prosthesis. Depending on how many teeth you are missing and their location, you replacement teeth will be a dental crown, a dental bridge, a partial denture, or a full denture.
Learn more about dental implants and how they can benefit you at Design Dental. If you are looking for dental implants in North Liberty, IA, visit Dr. Tu for a consultation. To schedule an appointment, call (319) 284-4361 or request an appointment online. We are currently accepting patients from the surrounding areas including Cedar Rapids, IA.