Don E. Larson DMD
Family Dentist located in Downtown Eagle, Eagle, ID
Around 178 million people in the United States are missing at least one tooth, leaving them to find suitable replacements. Rising head and shoulders above all replacement options are dental implants, which excel in both form and function. At Don E. Larson, DMD, the team offers dental implants to patients in the Eagle, Idaho, area to restore their teeth to near perfection. To learn more about implant restorations, call or use the online scheduler.
Implant Restorations Q & A
What is a dental implant?
Your teeth are designed to last a lifetime, but accidents, tooth decay, and gum disease can often interfere, causing the loss of one or more of your teeth. Unfortunately, when you lose a tooth, the impact can affect your entire dental health. For starters, a missing tooth poses considerable aesthetic issues. But the loss of a tooth can also affect your neighboring teeth.
Each of your teeth has roots that go down into your jawbone to anchor your tooth. When you lose a tooth, you also lose these roots. When your body registers the loss, it no longer regenerates the bone in the area, which can lead to bone loss. This bone loss causes your surrounding teeth to eventually shift out of place, affecting the entire row of teeth.
With a dental implant, your dentist places a titanium post into your jawbone and the bone in the area grows up and around the post, fusing it into place. This means that you can prevent bone loss while also providing exceptional stability for your replacement tooth.
Why do I need a crown with a dental implant?
The titanium post replaces the roots of your tooth, then the team at Don E. Larson, DMD, puts the finishing touches on your implant with a custom-designed crown. The crown is essentially the part of the tooth you see above your gum line, which enables you to chew, speak, and smile with a full set of teeth.
How are implant restorations made?
At Don E. Larson, DMD, the team is equipped with cutting-edge technology called CEREC®. This system allows them to design the perfect crown for your implant using specialized scanners and computer-aided design.
With CEREC, the team at Don E. Larson, DMD, can custom manufacture your crown, which means you don’t have to wait for an outside lab. The CEREC milling unit uses E.max®, a newer porcelain that’s three times stronger than most of the porcelains used for implant restorations.
Ultimately, with CEREC, the team at Don E. Larson, DMD, can complete your implant restoration with a crown that fits in seamlessly with your existing teeth — often in just one visit.
To learn more about implant restorations using CEREC, call Don E. Larson, DMD, or request an appointment using the online booking feature.