There are many reasons for missing teeth.
- Decaying teeth can also play major part as the decaying teeth have to be extracted so that other teeth are not infected.
- Gum diseases, periodontitis, gingivitis,and poor nutrition also contribute to tooth loss.
Thankfully, missing teeth can be replaced by a skilled dentist. Dental implants are the most contemporary means for replacing missing teeth.
There are many consequences to losing a tooth. Aside from the disfiguring look and awkward smile, your adjoining teeth can start moving and invading the empty space, over time giving your face a crooked look.
Dental implants will enable you to chew and grind your food properly.
Tooth loss can also affect your speech. Our teeth and lips work together to enable us to pronounce words, phrases, and sentences properly. With missing teeth you may have trouble with your pronunciation. Missing teeth can also affect your teeth’s function, dental implants will enable you to chew and grind your food properly.
In the past, dentists used to fabricate bridges to overcome this tooth loss. However, that approach involved teeth adjacent to the area as bridges had to be fastened to the adjoining teeth. That approach has now changed.
Over the last two decades, the dental profession has made significant advances. We now can place an implant into the site of the missing tooth. Once healed, we simply seat an abutment (post) and then fabricate a crown on top of the implant. Implants have dramatically improved life styles for both patient and dentist. Dental patients, particularly the ones who have had multiple missing teeth, can now chew their food more comfortably and smile with confidence.
For those who wear dentures, implants can be even more beneficial. The implant creates a base that the dentures then “snap” down on, holding the dentures firmly without messy adhesives and improving your ability to eat and smile with absolute security.
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is essentially replacing a missing tooth with a fabricated tooth. It is a tooth restoration that takes care of the aesthetics as well as functionality, and replaces the natural tooth as closely as possible.
In the last few decades, dental implant technology has revolutionized the field of dentistry. Before implants, dentists relied on traditional bridge work to restore a lost tooth. Even today, bridge work is used when the patient is not ready for an implant. The disadvantage with bridge work is that it involves the preparation of the adjacent teeth and requires their support on both sides of the missing tooth. To some extent, this compromises the natural strength of those healthy teeth.
Other people would not be able to tell if a person has a dental implant.
However, with a dental implant there is no need to disturb the neighboring healthy teeth. The implant creates a stand-alone tooth whose longevity and efficiency is superior to that of a bridge. Dental implants can last for a very long time, and, in many cases, with diligent care of dental health and hygiene, the implant may last a lifetime.
A dental implant is a permanent procedure. There is no requirement to remove it or re-adjust it in any way. In fact, the patient is likely to forget about the implant soon after it has been placed. Even from an aesthetic point of view, an implant that has been done well will very closely resemble the rest of the natural teeth. Other people would not be able to tell if a person has a dental implant.
The success of a dental implant is largely dependent on the skill and expertise of the dentist who is performing the procedure. Other factors that can influence the procedure’s outcome are the quality and the quantity of bone available at the site. However, it is estimated that almost 95 percent of dental implants are very successful. The implant’s longevity depends to a large extent on the patients oral health and hygiene practices.
Implants are useful even for those patients who are already using partial or full dentures. These removable dentures can be very inconvenient to patients due to looseness or poor fit. Dental implant technology can help make the dentures better fitting and ensure better comfort for the users.
Dental implant technology has come as a boon for all dental patients who suffer from tooth loss due to issues such as disease or injury. It is a proven and effective way to restore a person’s oral health and an attractive, natural appearance of the teeth.