A missing tooth can cause more problems with your bit than just an unsightly appearance. Teeth may shift to fill in the space, changing your bite and smile. It can also cause your jawbone to shrink, which can change your facial structure and appearance, even when you aren’t smiling. Everyday tasks such as talking or chewing become more difficult when teeth are missing. Though bridges and dentures can be a solution to missing teeth, they are less ideal than a permanent implant. An implant takes the place of a missing tooth or teeth and preserves the jaw bone, preventing it from shrinking and changing.
Dental implants are the best option when it comes to restoring missing teeth. Patients with one or more missing teeth can choose this method of restoration. Dental implants are surgically placed into your jaw bone for the most secure and realistic anchor. The cap also called the crown is then attached to this structure to imitate the appearance of a tooth.
Implants come with a number of benefits over other methods.
• Decreased sensitivity
• Higher success rate
• Improve chewing
• Lower risk of cavities
• Maintains and encourages the growth of the bone
After your procedure is complete, it is important to care for the implants as you would your natural teeth, including daily brushing and dental cleanings at least every 6 months. A follow up appointment will be necessary to make sure the gums are healthy and that the implant is healing well.