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Ask the Experts
Everyone would like to retain their original teeth, and those who can are especially fortunate. Dentists make every effort to preserve a patient’s teeth, but unfortunately, it is not always humanly possible. A variety of factors are involved: heredity, physical damage that necessitates the removal of an entire tooth, gum disease and others.
When doctors are able to save the roots, but the rest of the tooth cannot be reconstructed, they often recommend rebuilding the tooth using a pin and crown. This method allows the doctor to create a completely new replica of the natural tooth using the original roots, and without the need for additional interference with the bone tissue. The procedure is not long: the manufacture of the crown itself is the most time-consuming part of the process.
In some cases, when a tooth is entirely removed or has long been missing and the individual will not or cannot tolerate having a gap where a tooth should be (especially when it is a front tooth), a different type of prosthesis is used. A well-crafted removable or non-removable prosthesis can be made. However, this method is sometimes less desirable for front teeth, and even less so for individual teeth. No matter how modern and wonderful prostheses might be, it is natural to wait as long as possible before resorting to their use. This is where implantations can help.
The implantation method involves directly inserting a post into the patient’s jaw bone that will later serve as the root of the future tooth. Of course, many factors affect just how quickly the site of the implantation will heal after the procedure, but implantation remains an outstanding method for restoring any tooth. The implanted teeth are indistinguishable from natural ones, and the patient soon forgets that they are even there.
Implantation is a necessarily complex procedure and has a number of limitations that our doctors are always careful to explain in detail to each patient. However, the results justify both the complexity of the method and the cost involved because implantations enable you to “grow” a completely new tooth in place of the old one that will last for a good 20-30 years.