Most people assume that dental implants replace the entire dental structure, including the visible crown. However, dental implants only replace the root structures of the missing teeth, serving as the foundation for the eventual dental restoration. Dental implants are titanium posts drilled into the jawbone under the empty socket of a missing tooth. Over time, the surrounding jawbone tissues adhere to the implant’s surface, making it a part of your dental structure.
Once your jawbone has healed around the titanium post, an implant restoration must be attached over the post. You have several options when it comes to implant restorations, including dental crowns, bridges, and dentures, depending on the number of teeth you need to replace. At Carlsbad Beach Dental, Drew Addy DDS, we customize natural-looking and structurally-sound restorations according to your specific facial anatomy and cosmetic concerns.
To learn more about implant restorations, please contact Carlsbad Beach Dental, Drew Addy DDS, at (760) 729-5881 or schedule an appointment online today.