Dental implants are the best option for filling unsightly gaps/replacing missing teeth. By using Titanium dental implants, crowns, bridges or dentures can be now permanently secured to a dental implant, which eliminates the need for removable dentures.
The beauty of a titanium dental implant is that the bone can grow directly around it to create a new tooth root, making a strong foundation for porcelain crowns that look, feel and function like a natural tooth.
Losing one or more of your teeth starts a chain of events that can have dire physical and cosmetic consequences. The most obvious result is a gap in your smile. Less obvious is the loss of chewing function and the inability to eat a complete diet that can result from it. While these are certainly serious issues, a potentially bigger problem lies hidden beneath the surface: bone loss. Without the tooth to stimulate the jaw, the bone beneath it will begin to disappear (atrophy) in the same manner that the muscle underneath a cast gets smaller. Since your facial bone supports the skin and muscles on top of it, losing volume can cause your face to look prematurely aged. The good news is that dental implants offer a solution to stop bone loss.
Conventional treatment options for tooth replacement, Crown & Bridge and full or partial dentures, address the short-term cosmetic problem of the missiing teeth, but do nothing to stop the bone loss. Crown & Bridge also requires that two or more healthy teeth be ground down to serve as abutments (anchors) for a bridge, leaving them at a much greater risk for cavities and endodontic failure. If the original abutment teeth fail, more healthy teeth must be sacrificed to serve as anchors, while you continue to lose bone beneath the bridge.
However, with implants, the healthy teeth are left alone. Plus, dental implants, like natural teeth, transmit chewing forces to the jaw, stimulating it and halting the bone loss. This is why many leading dental organizations now recognise dental implants as the standard of care for tooth replacement.
Dental implants can be placed in most adults who are in good to moderate health. They are not typically placed in adolescents until they have reached their full expected height. Certain uncontrolled medical conditions may cause decrease the effectiveness of implant treatment, so be sure to discuss your full medical history with your doctor before beginning treatment.
Please ask your doctor to explain the benefits and risks to see if tooth replacement with implants is right for you.