While children lose baby teeth as a natural part of the development process, as an adult, the only teeth we can afford to be without are third molars, or wisdom teeth. Each of the remaining permanent teeth serve a vital purpose to the chewing and digestive processes; when a tooth is lost, bite function is compromised.
Teeth are designed to move - they erupt when we are young and they continue to shift as we age. Open space that occurs when a tooth is lost causes unnatural tooth movement that is detrimental to the bite. Neighboring teeth will shift and move into the open space, and the tooth in the opposing arch will "super-erupt" because it does not encounter any resistance when the teeth come together. This causes a "domino effect" as the teeth come together unnaturally and can lead to tooth fractures, periodontal disease and even further tooth loss.
If a tooth must be extracted, it is usually recommended that it be replaced with a dental prosthetic (implant, bridge or denture) to avoid breakdown of the bite. A "false" tooth replacement can be customized to work with the remaining teeth to restore proper function and help maintain the position of the existing natural teeth.
A dental implant is a bio-compatible metal cylinder that is placed into the jaw bone to function as a prosthetic tooth "root". The goal is to achieve "osseointegration", which occurs when the dental implant is integrated into the alveolar bone. Osseointegrated implants provide a foundation for a prosthetic replacement for one or missing teeth to restore function and esthetics to your smile.
As a Periodontist, Dr. Kyle Trammell is specially trained in the osseointegration process and in the health management and regeneration of bone and gum tissue to facilitate dental implant retention.
During the initial consultation, Dr. Trammell will evaluate the location of the missing tooth and review diagnostic xrays to assess the level of bone support to determine if any grafting or modification procedures are required. He will talk with you about your situation and review options for your care and share his findings with your general dentist to support your overall restorative treatment plan.
The ideal candidate for a dental implant is in good dental and physical health. To encourage integration, the mouth should be disease-free, with the proper amount of bone to support the implant and healthy gum tissue.
Dr. Trammell places the dental implant in a surgical procedure in our office. Based on the site and planned restoration, he may recommend additional procedures to supplement or modify the jaw bone, such as a sinus lift or ridge augmentation. The Trammell Periodontics team will ensure that the patient is kept completely comfortable throughout the procedure and then monitored closely with routine follow up visits to track integration progress.
In conjunction with the placement of the dental implant, your general dentist will design a restoration or appliance to fit the implant and get you back to smiling again. Read more about dental implant restorations.
Do you think you might be a candidate for a dental implant? We invite you to Contact Us to schedule a consultation in our Montgomery periodontal practice and let us help you explore your options.