If you have lost a tooth, either through trauma (when teeth are knocked out, athletes such as hockey players and boxers often experience this) or due to decay, gum disease or old age, they need to be replaced both for aesthetic and functional reasons. The most common treatments that used to be used to replace missing teeth were denture or fixed bridges. However, dental implants are now a more popular treatment to replace missing teeth as they provide a longer-term solution, slow down bone loss and preserve nearby healthy tooth tissue.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root placed into your jaw to hold a replacement crown, bridge, or denture in place. The treatment can be more conservative than traditional bridgework, since implants do not rely on neighbouring teeth for support.
Dental implant restorations are so natural-looking and feeling that you may forget you ever lost a tooth. Dental implants can be the best solution to the problem of missing teeth. Since dental implants integrate into the structure of your bone, they can prevent the bone loss and gum recession that often accompanies bridgework and dentures. No one will ever know that you have a replacement tooth.
Some of the benefits are:
In some instances, dental implant tooth replacement may actually cost less than the traditional bridgework as no natural teeth are involved.
Dental implants do not sacrifice the quality of your adjacent teeth like a bridge does because neighboring teeth are not altered to support the implant. Your own teeth are left untouched, a significant long-term benefit to your oral health!
Dental implants will allow you to once again speak and eat with comfort and confidence. They are secure and can offer freedom from the troublesome clicks and wobbles of loose dentures. Say goodbye to misplaced dentures and messy pastes and glues.
The success rate for dental implants is highly predictable. They are considered an excellent option for tooth replacement.
our staff at family dental would be please to discuss the benefits of dental implants as well as your other options for replacing that missing tooth. Your smile and your oral health will benefit.