"I am very pleased with my implant treatment. I can finally eat meat again and I couldn't before with missing teeth."
Replacing missing teeth is important to your general health and to the health of your other teeth. Not only do you lose chewing capacity when a tooth is lost, but un-replaced teeth can cause other teeth to be lost, tipped or crowded and create subsequent problems. There are also the obvious problems of poor appearance and loss of self-esteem caused by one or more missing teeth.
Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures. Implants provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances.
A dental implant is a small titanium screw that serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. Dental implants can be placed in either the upper or lower jaws. Due to the biocompatible properties of titanium, a dental implant fuses with the bone and becomes a good anchor for the replacement tooth. Dental implants can be used in solutions for replacing single or multiple missing teeth.
Single Tooth Replacement
A dental implant is an ideal solution for a single missing tooth. When both a tooth and root are damaged, the ideal permanent replacement is a dental implant in conjunction with a ceramic crown. The procedure is simple and virtually painless. A dental implant looks and functions just like a natural tooth and can enhance your self-esteem by providing a healthy and brighter smile.
Multiple Teeth Replacement
Dental implants are often used to replace several missing teeth. Having dental implants replace your missing teeth can give you unparalleled strength and stability allowing you to eat what you want. A fixed bridge can be cemented to two or more dental implants.
Dental implants will also preserve your facial appearance and prevent further bone loss adjacent to the missing teeth. If several teeth are missing in the back end of the mouth, the only truly stable alternative would be a fixed bridge supported by dental implants. Removable dentures cannot offer the same stability or function as dental implants can.