Dental Implants Can Replace Missing Teeth
- Missing teeth leave a gap
- Remaining teeth can move as they try to fill that gap
- The bite may get out of alignment due to shifting teeth
- Chewing may become problematic as the bite changes
- The jawbone begins to erode or deteriorate when there is no tooth root to stimulate it
- Bone erosion leads to the “sunken face” appearance
Benefits of Using Dental Implants
Dental implants are often made of titanium and are surgically placed in the jaw. Through osseointegration the titanium fuses with the bone which stimulates it and stops bone erosion. The abutment is attached to the top of the implant and a crown is attached to the abutment. Usually, the crown is designed to look like the natural teeth. One or more implants may be used depending on the number of teeth that are missing. Implants can also be used to support dentures, which increases their strength so that they can function like natural teeth. Implants are a long-term solution for teeth that are missing
Downside to Dental Implants
The main downside to dental implants is the fact that the whole process may take about six months from start to finish so that the surgery can heal. They are frequently more expensive initially than fixed bridges or dentures, but their durability can help offset this cost in the long run.
Other Options for Missing Teeth
Fixed bridges and dentures are the main options besides dental implants when teeth are missing.