Dogs are great. I like dogs. They are friendly and loyal and always excited to see you. They run up wagging, not just their tail, but their whole butts they’re so happy to see you. Sometimes they jump up to lick your face. Sometimes they jump up to lick your face when you’re drinking coffee and hit the mug into your teeth. Ouch. Aaaaand now you’ve broken your front tooth and your dentist has said some ominous sounding words like “vertical fracture” and “hopeless prognosis”. Hmm. There are a great many ways to deal with a missing tooth, including doing nothing at all. All of your options will have good things and bad things that go along with them. After we have gone through our process of taking the time to identify what about your health is important to you, difficult decisions like this become simplified. If your goal is to preserve adjacent teeth and to have functional, comfortable teeth that look like teeth, one of your options will be a dental implant supported crown. A dental implant is a precisely manufactured piece of titanium that is used to replace a lost dental root. It is carefully inserted into the bone of your jaw and your jaw bone integrates tightly with the titanium. Once the dental implant is fully integrated, it can be used for multiple applications. Dental implants can be used to replace one tooth, multiple teeth, or all your teeth. They can retain and/or support removable complete dentures or removable partial dentures, or be used as part of a long term plan to transition from having teeth to having no teeth when necessary, or from having no teeth to having teeth when desired. Very versatile little fellas. Here are two educational videos about dental implants:
Before and After Dental Implants
An Example of a Single Tooth Dental Implant
So back to your coffee mug/dog incident. What now. Well what remains of the tooth root needs to come out. Generally, the site needs to heal for a few months and then the implant is placed and there is a few more months of healing. An abutment and crown are placed on the implant and voila, good as new. Almost. It’s important to note that, when it is reasonable to keep them, your natural teeth are almost always better than a dental implant. However, when you have few other options, dental implants can provide a durable, healthy, and long lasting solution. Dr. Tim Reid, DMD has been serving the dental needs of Northwest Calgary for over 30 years. Dr. Reid and his dental team can help guide you through the treatment pathways available to you and your family. For more information or to request an appointment, please contact Brentwood Dental in Northland Plaza in NW Calgary.