Losing a tooth to decay or gum disease can be more than disappointing. A lost tooth can make patient self-conscious about his or her smile, it can lead to poor speech and trouble eating, and it can cause the surrounding teeth to shift or the face to droop. Replacing a missing tooth is an important step to restoring your smile and your confidence.
Many options exist for tooth replacement. One such option is dental implants. Implants give patients a stable and strong replacement tooth that looks, feels, and functions exactly like the original tooth. The process requires several steps. First, the implant is placed into the jawbone and over the course of a few months, the implant attaches to the bone. When that is complete, a bridge or crown is attached to the implant.
For many years, however, implants have been made from titanium because the jaw bone would grow around and fuse to it. However, now patients in the Cary, NC, area have a new option with the Holistic Dental Centers.
Dr. McMillan of the Holistic Dental Centers in Cary offers patients replacement tooth implants made of zirconium. Implants made with this material, which is more like ceramic than metal, are more aesthetically pleasing because they look more like the natural tooth. Zirconium implants are more resistant to corrosion than their titanium counterparts and are hypoallergenic.
It is important to choose not only the right treatment procedure, but also the right material that will become a part of your mouth. Our dentists believe that the health of your mouth affects the health of your body and they feel strongly that any materials used in your dental treatments should not pose potential harm to the rest of your body. As a holistic dental practice, we believe that metal free materials are best for the health of our patients.
If you need to have a tooth replaced, call Dr. McMillan to discuss your options. We will provide you with all the necessary information to make the right decision about your dental treatment and restore your smile to its beautiful appearance and your mouth to its full function using materials that are safe and effective.