Missing Teeth » Dental Implants
Dental implants are a fixed, permanent solution to missing teeth. They are small titanium screws that are placed directly in the jawbone in a minor surgical procedure, and can then act as a sturdy support for replacement teeth in the shape of crowns, bridges or secured dentures. Implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth, several missing teeth or even for full mouth restorations if all your natural teeth are missing.
Losing a tooth is a distressing experience. Teeth can be lost through decay, gum disease, accident or injury; whatever the reason, missing teeth can cause people to be embarrassed about their smile, particularly if teeth are lost from the front of the mouth.
There are more than just aesthetic reasons to replace missing teeth. Other teeth may move position into any gaps, becoming crooked in the process. Food may get trapped in gaps, which can lead to gum disease and bad breath. Biting and chewing food may become difficult, particularly if you have lost back teeth, and additional strain is put on any remaining teeth. Over time, the bone beneath the gaps starts to resorb, leading to a sagging appearance around the jaws.
There are, then, many good reasons to replace lost teeth, and dental implants are one of the best long-term solutions. Implant dentistry offers a clinically proven and safe solution to getting back a great smile and being able to bite and chew with confidence.
After a healing period (usually a few months) your implants will be restored with crowns, bridges or secured dentures. You may have temporary restorations while healing takes place, so you won't be left without any teeth.