Astoria Best Dentist
Best Dentist in Astoria
There is no longer a need for missing teeth not to be replaced. Our Astoria best dentist can replace missing teeth with dental implants that are secure, permanent teeth that function just like natural teeth. An implant places a titanium anchor into the jaw at the site of the missing tooth, which bonds with the bone forming the root for the new tooth and a crown is placed on top of the anchor to form the body of the tooth.
Bone loss is one important reason for promptly replacing missing teeth. Over time the jaw bone at the site of a missing tooth atrophies or is reabsorbed, the longer the period of time that the tooth has been missing or since our Astoria best dentist has performed a tooth extraction the less bone there is. Where there is not enough bone to support an implant our doctors will often use a bone graft to supplement the available bone and to stimulate the growth of new bone. The bone grafts can add just a little extra bone material to support an implant or can be major bone grafts that add much more bone material in order to repair major jaw deficits that are due to disease or traumatic injury. The bone material for grafts is either taken from the patient’s neighboring jaw areas or the hips, tibia or leg. Bone material sourced from tissue banks that have been harvested from cadavers and then cleaned can also be used.
Tooth extractions of the upper teeth require dental implants that will come up against the maxillary sinuses, which have thin walls that often cannot support implants. The solution is a sinus graft where our Astoria best dentist will enter the sinus cavity from where the missing tooth used to be and place donor bone in to support the implant. In severe cases the jaw ridge needs to be expanded and our doctors will use grafts to aid in reshaping the ridgeline. Make an appointment with our practice to see if dental implants are right for replacing your missing teeth.