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Dental Implants

The average person by 18 to 21 years old has 32 teeth. An early examination will detect whether or not you or your child is missing one of those teeth.  It may be that the tooth is present but blocked (impacted) from erupting. Early detection gives the patient choices on how to best end up with a full beautiful smile.

"Congenitally missing teeth (missing tooth from birth),  also referred to as tooth agenesis, occurs in almost 20 percent of the population."

The bulk of these cases are missing third molars, also called wisdom teeth. Most people are born with four wisdom teeth, but some can have just one, two or three.

Less than 3 percent of the American population has missing upper lateral incisors, while slightly more than 3 percent lacks second molars. Causes of agenesis can be endocrine, hereditary and environmental.

Dr. Debra Bachus determines whether patients have congenitally missing teeth by taking a panoramic X-ray that shows the development of the teeth in the upper and lower jaws.

Dental Implants
There are ways to remedy the problem of congenitally missing teeth. Fixed bridges or dentures can restore a smile, but the preferred natural choice are dental implants, especially in children. Implants are sturdy, look and feel like natural teeth and can last for years when properly cared for.

The process of getting dental implants varies according to the type of implant and the condition of the patient’s jawbone. Implants can’t be placed until the patient stops growing, which is usually at about age 18 to 20. Space where the tooth should be needs to be maintained so there is room for the implant to be placed.

For youth with healthy bone, the procedure is fairly simple and involves a metal anchor, a metal extension and a porcelain crown. In the esthetic zone, a material called Zirconia is often preferred as an extension. The anchor is surgically placed into the patient’s jawbone to act as the tooth’s root. Over time, the anchor fuses to the bone and an extension is placed on top of it, which will be used to hold the crown once it is placed. The procedure is done in the dental office.

A porcelain crown on a dental implant has the look and feel of a natural tooth and enables you to complete your smile in a manner that renders optimum results.



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