Having missing teeth can be inconvenient as it can hinder your usage of the teeth and, depending on the location of the gap, can affect your confidence. Not only that, however, but leaving a gap in the teeth untreated can have negative effects on the structure of the jaw and the remaining teeth. The teeth that neighbor the gap can start to shift along the gum line into the empty space, affecting your bite, and there can be bone loss in the area of the jawbone that is no longer supporting any teeth. Along with bridges and dentures, dental implants are a very effective treatment for replacing missing teeth.
While bridges and dentures simply sit on the gum line, dental implants are small titanium posts that are inserted directly into the jawbone. A dental restoration is then fixed onto the implant to restore function to the teeth.
In order to have dental implants placed, you must have sufficient bone structure in your jaw. During a consultation, your dentist will assess whether or not you are a good candidate for the procedure. If there is insufficient bone structure, a bone graft may be recommended to build it up.
To place dental implants, surgery will be required in which a small incision is made in the gum line over the site of the missing tooth or teeth. The bone underneath is prepared to receive the implant, which is then inserted into place. The gum tissue is then stitched closed over the site. The implant is left for approximately four months to allow the implant to fuse into the bone through a process called osseointegration.
Once the implant is ready, the artificial tooth/teeth will be attached to it (one implant can support more than one restoration). With proper maintenance, implants can last a lifetime. Book your appointment with our dentist near you online today!