Replacing missing teeth as soon as you can do so is very important. Settling for a gap in your smile often leads to reduced confidence when interacting with others, and you might find yourself constantly worrying about what others think about your teeth.
There are a few options patients get to choose from when they are looking for solutions for missing teeth, but implants are often preferred by most. These are a complete solution for a tooth that has been lost. It replaces the visible part of the tooth that lies above the gums and the part of the tooth that anchors it to the jaw, the roots.
The importance of replacing missing teeth
By replacing the lost roots, the implant helps to preserve the patient’s jawbone tissue. These living cells are a lot like muscles. They start to break down when they are no longer being used. Implants are the only replacement for missing teeth that prevents this from happening by replacing the root. This ensures the jaw is stimulated anytime the patient bites down on something or speaks.
How replacing missing teeth with implants can restore facial appearance
Bone deterioration leads to drastic changes to a person’s appearance and it promotes signs of aging like wrinkles and fine lines. Implants are the only oral prosthetics that help to improve the patient’s overall appearance by keeping their facial structures healthy.
Other ways implants help to improve a person’s appearance include:
- Implants are the most natural-looking replacement for a lost tooth. Since the implant is inserted into the jaw, all that is visible in the patient’s mouth is a crown that looks like a real tooth
- Implants help to maintain the proper alignment of the patient’s teeth. It prevents them from moving towards the hole left behind by the missing tooth as is usually the case
- Keeps remaining natural teeth healthy. By preserving bone tissue and keeping teeth properly aligned, the patient’s risk of developing gum disease or tooth decay is reduced
What to expect when replacing missing teeth with implants
The process usually starts with the patient being evaluated to determine whether they are a good candidate for the procedure. Health issues like diabetes can make it harder for the patient to recover from the treatment, as can habits like smoking tobacco.
The dentist will also examine the patient’s jaw to evaluate if it can support the prosthetic. Once cleared, the date of the insertion will be set. The implant is inserted into the bone tissue in the jaw and it might be fitted with a crown on the same day. Some patients might have to wait up to six months for the bone tissue and implant to fuse with one another before a crown is attached to it.
Once the installation is complete, the patient simply needs to take care of their teeth as they have always done since implants do not need special maintenance.
Do you currently have missing teeth?
We invite you to contact our office today to explore this and other tooth replacement options.
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