Most people will lose at least one tooth by the time they are a pensioner. It might seem that this is just a cosmetic problem, but the failure to replace a missing tooth can create other issues in the longer term. If you have recently lost a tooth or need to have a tooth extracted soon, tooth implants are a very effective and safe option to restore your smile.
After You Have Lost a Tooth
Teeth help us eat and speak but they also serve several other important roles. The roots of your teeth go deep into your skull and jaw to stimulate the bone. When they are absent, the bone is not stimulated and eventually it becomes weakened. If you have one or more missing teeth you will also have a much higher risk of the development of gum disease, facial deformities, malocclusion and tooth decay in your other teeth. Sometimes removable dental devices like dentures or partials can help with some of these issues. Frequently they are not enough.
What Exactly are Dental Implants?
Dental implants have become one of the most popular treatments for tooth loss, in the long term. The implant device begins with a tiny titanium rod anchored in your jaw. It is placed right in the hole that was left by your missing tooth. This works like your tooth root. A device called a crown is attached to the top of the tiny rod. Your crown is actually the tooth. It will be custom made for your mouth. It will perfectly match the shape and colour of the natural teeth surrounding it. Sometimes it looks even better than the natural tooth ever did.
Individual Tooth Dental Implants
There is a thorough screening process in order to be certain your individual tooth dental implant will be successful,. Your dentist will carefully examine your mouth and gums. Your medical history will be reviewed to be sure there are not serious problems developing. Sometimes it is necessary to do other dental work before a dental implant can be completed.
The Procedure and The Results
An individual tooth dental implant procedure can usually be completed in about an hour. If you have other procedures done at the same time it takes longer. During the implant procedure, the tiny rod is skillfully anchored to the bone so your future “tooth” is securely fastened. Once your mouth is all healed up and your jaw bone has grown to attach itself to the implant, the crown is then connected to the rod. That completes your new smile.
With careful and correct aftercare, the rod itself lasts for the rest of your life. The crown may need to be replaced every 15 years or more. There is no healing time involved with replacing just the crown so it is a couple of quick and simple appointments to design and fit a new crown.
Since the advent of individual tooth dental implants, you can once again speak and smile with confidence and enjoy all of your favourite foods.
If you are missing a tooth, or will have a tooth extracted soon, please consider an individual tooth implant replacement procedure at Brandon Dental Care.