Dental implants are the replacement for tooth roots. They have become the ideal way to replace lost teeth due to the similar aesthetics and function as natural teeth. Implants provide a solid foundation for permanent or removable options that are made to match your natural teeth.
Whenever you lose a tooth, the forces of chewing fall on the teeth next to the space the tooth occupied, causing them to be overloaded and alter their position. Opposite teeth, which were previously in contact with the lost tooth, may even begin to descend out of their support, altering the occlusal pattern, conditioning a future rehabilitation, or even be lost.
As your bite changes, it becomes more difficult to chew food, and you may suffer damage to your jaw joint. It is also much more difficult to correctly clean teeth that have changed their position due to the loss of adjacent teeth, consequently there is a greater accumulation of plaque and tartar in more difficult places, causing tooth decay and even periodontal disease.
As you can see, it is essential to replace a lost tooth.
An excellent option for replacing a missing tooth is an artificial tooth secured by a dental implant. Implants are titanium cylinders that are surgically placed into your jaw to serve as artificial tooth roots. Placing a replacement tooth on a dental implant allows you to avoid having to place a bridge.
Bridges require to prepare the adjacent natural teeth, which in some cases can remove healthy tooth structure. Dental implants and porcelain crowns are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth, and fit securely so that you experience no change in chewing and speech.
When dental implants are placed, it is not necessary to alter the structure of the adjacent teeth, so their strength and integrity is maintained.
A dental implant replaces the roots of a lost tooth, which helps to stave off the bone loss that occurs when a tooth is missing. In essence, an implant is the best option for replacing lost teeth.
You can replace a single missing tooth with an implant/crown or multiple missing teeth with a fixed porcelain bridge, attaching permanently to multiple implants.
The procedure may require several months to complete, it can take about three to four months for dental implants to fuse with bone tissue through a process called osseointegration. If you’re interested in replacing lost teeth with dental implants, dental professionals will perform a thorough evaluation to determine if your health and lifestyle make you a good candidate for this relatively new approach to restorative dentistry.
If you have a lower denture, you probably know how difficult it can be to eat comfortably. When lower teeth are lost, the bone in the jawbone continues to recede. Over time, this causes a lower denture to become loose and flexible.
Worse still, there are nerves in the lower jaw that can end up on the surface of the bone. It is usually possible to place dental implants in any jaw so you can avoid problems associated with dentures.
Implants are titanium cylinders that are surgically placed into your jaw to serve as artificial tooth roots. One way to use multiple implants is to connect the implants with a bar and then attach them to a new upper or lower denture.
These attachments fit on the bar and make sure the denture does not wobble or shift. The denture can be removed at home for easy access and cleaning of the dentary implants and the bar.
Using dental implants to support an upper or lower denture will keep pressure off the bone and nerves. Implants also help stop bone loss in the jaw that continues once the teeth have been removed.
Securing restorations with dental implants can make a world of difference, allowing you to eat, talk, laugh and smile with confidence again.