Dental implants are arguably the best solution for missing teeth. When your tooth is severely damaged or decayed, such that it cannot be saved with a crown or root canal therapy, then your dentist may recommend that it be completely extracted. Unfortunately, this causes adjacent teeth to shift and cause bite problems. Moreover, the lack of bone stimulation by the tooth root causes bone atrophy (loss of mass and strength), which makes your face shrink and look older. Dental implants, on the other hand, give you the most natural restoration possible. The tooth looks, feels, and functions like your natural tooth. It also doesn’t require a special cleaning procedure. You just need to brush, floss, and get professional cleanings like normal.
A dental implant is surgically placed in the jawbone and allowed to fuse with your natural bone, forming a firm foundation for the replacement tooth. Singular implants can be used to replace one missing tooth or to support bridgework for 2 or 3 missing teeth. Multiple implants can also be placed to support dentures and keep them from slipping when eating and talking.
Dental implants are the only restorative option that stops bone atrophy after tooth loss. A dental implant comprises three parts:
It is important that you discuss with your dentist about your candidacy for dental implants. Although the success rate of dental implants is high, at over 96%, the right candidate should:
If you don’t have enough bone tissue to support an implant, the dentist may recommend bone regeneration procedure to build up the base for the implant. This will, however, increase the duration of your dental implant treatment from the usual 4-6 months.
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