Dental Implants – an Overview
There are few things that most people can agree on. However, one of the worst experiences that will make just about anybody’s top five list is having tooth trouble. And while it’s never fun having to get a tooth (or teeth) pulled because of dental problems, the good news is that dental implants are readily available to fill in for those missing teeth so you can get that winning smile – and confidence – back.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are false teeth that are used to permanently replace your natural teeth, using a titanium screw that acts as the tooth root, biochemically securing it to your jaw along with bone grafts. They can be used to substitute one tooth, an entire row of teeth, or anything in between.
Why should you Replace a Lost Tooth?
Aesthetically, replacing a tooth towards the front of your mouth is a no-brainer; no one wants a big, gaping hole in their smile. However, molars and teeth that don’t show as obviously which are towards the back of your mouth should be taken care of as well, even though they might not seem as pertinent.
Losing a tooth causes more problems than just an annoying hole in your mouth. Once a tooth is no longer in place, the supportive bone tissue found where the tooth meets the jawbone (called alveolar bone) begins to disintegrate. This in turn can cause a sunken look around your mouth, especially if you have multiple teeth missing, while contributing to further bone loss of any remaining teeth.
In addition to notable physical changes to your appearance, the absence of a tooth can create problems with chewing food adequately, which can lead to digestion issues and even malnutrition.
Who is a Candidate for this Procedure?
The prime candidate for dental implants will have overall good oral health with robust, disease-free gums and plenty of jaw bone for the implant and bone graft to attach to. However, even if you don’t meet all of the requirements, your dentist will be able to determine if you are ready an implant procedure.
What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
Implants provide a comfortable, lifelong solution that dentures, flippers, and bridges can’t guarantee. They also prevent bone loss, which can permanently alter your smile and your life.