Missing teeth can change the appearance of your smile, reducing your confidence. However, there are also dental health issues to consider when you have a gap in your smile.
Each of your teeth is anchored directly into the underlying bone tissue. When you chew or bite, you stimulate that tissue, keeping it healthy and strong.
When you lose one or more teeth, the bone beneath no longer receives that same stimulation. It can begin to wear away, a process known as resorption. This can weaken the connection between your jaw bone and adjacent teeth, creating a cascade of tooth loss.
Missing teeth also change the force of your bite. This places undue pressure on the surrounding teeth, and they can also begin to shift out of position or loosen. Many people also find it hard to eat or speak normally when they have missing teeth.
Dental implants are a permanent replacement for missing teeth. They work by using an implanted metal post to replace the tooth’s roots and an artificial crown to replace the visible part of the tooth.
Because implants are secured within your natural bone tissue, they preserve the health of your jaw. They also fill the gap in your smile, giving your remaining natural teeth additional support.
For people who are missing most of or all their teeth, an approach called implant-supported dentures is an option. This system works by securing a full arch of false teeth onto four individual implants in the top or bottom jaw.
Historians have found evidence to suggest that dental implants have been used since 600 AD. Advancements in dental technology have made today’s implants both durable and natural-looking.
The planning stage is perhaps the most important step in getting dental implants. Dr. Grace takes X-rays and impressions to understand your bone structure and the placement of your teeth in relation to the surrounding gums, bone, and other teeth.
On the day of your procedure, you’ll receive numbing medication to keep you comfortable throughout the process. Dr. Grace creates an incision in your gums to access the underlying bone. He then drills a pilot hole to guide the positioning of the implant. Once the implant is placed within the jaw bone, the gums are closed, and a period of healing begins.
When your bone has fused to the implanted post, you’ll return to have the crown portion of the implant attached. Some implants use a small connector piece called an abutment, while others connect post and crown directly. This completes the implant procedure.
Book a consultation online or over the phone today to learn more about dental implants.