The effects of tooth loss to your dental health are significant. Many factors contribute to the loss of your teeth, including cavities, gum disease, bite problems, fractured roots, and accidents. You might be surprised to know that when you lose your teeth the bone that surrounds and supports it deteriorates.
Losing one of your front teeth results in a gap that is impossible to hide, and will have a huge impact on your smile. Losing your back teeth is equally concerning because it will affect your bite and your ability to eat and chew your favorite foods. In more extreme cases where multiple back teeth are lost, your face may eventually appear “caved in” and the stability of your remaining teeth will be compromised. Fortunately, you do not need to suffer the consequences of tooth loss. We can restore your teeth – and smile – with dental implants.
This is a great procedure to replace missing teeth and provide a fixed solution to having removable dentures. Dental implants are artificial teeth that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone. The implant replaces the missing tooth root and preserves the remaining bone by stimulating the bone cells to remain after the natural tooth root is removed. Implants maintain the integrity of your facial structures by preserving your natural bone.
On your first visit, radiographs and impressions of the jaw and teeth will be taken to determine bone width and height, gum tissue, and spacing available for the implant. Next, the implant is surgically placed in the bone and allowed to heal.
After approximately three to four months of healing, an impression is made of the top of the implant. An implant abutment and crown are fabricated and placed on top of the implant. After getting your implant, it will function just like a natural tooth, and you will be able to smile again with confidence.
Dental implants are very strong and durable and will last for many years, if not a lifetime. As with all procedures, proper home care and regular dental visits will help prolong the life of your new implant.