Missing even a single tooth can have a number of negative effects; not only does it have an impact on your appearance, but when you lose a tooth, it has a big effect on the jaw bone. When a tooth is missing, this means that the gum and bone are no longer properly stimulated, so the jaw bone shrinks and the gum pulls back. Eventually, this could lead to further tooth loss.
The good news is, dental implants provide the perfect solution for both single and multiple tooth replacement. Implants are modern dentistry’s best option for replacing teeth as they provide the longest lasting and most natural looking and feeling substitute.
So what is a dental implant?
The implant itself is a tiny titanium rod that is fitted into your jawbone, acting just as a natural tooth root would. Over the space of a few months, your jaw bone bonds with the titanium rods, effectively forming a false tooth root. At this point, a realistic looking crown can be attached, leaving your implant to function just as a natural tooth would.
Is a dental implant suitable for me?
Before carrying out any implant procedure, your dentist will always carry out a thorough assessment of your mouth, particularly the jaw bone surrounding the missing tooth. For implants to be successfully fitted, there must be enough healthy bone to support the titanium rod and of course, healthy gums are also important for reducing the risk of infection following the procedure.
What are the long term benefits?
As a titanium implant bonds with your jaw bone, this helps to stimulate bone growth, so your jaw will be healthier, helping to prevent further tooth loss. Your new crown will help to balance your bite and work just as a natural tooth would, to the point where you won’t notice the difference after a time. Whereas many dental treatments are only temporary, implants are designed to last a very long time. Providing that you take good care of your dental hygiene and brush and floss, looking after your implant as you would a natural tooth, it’s likely that an implant can last for decades without issue.
How does an implant for single tooth replacement affect my surrounding teeth?
One of the biggest benefits of a dental implant is that no treatment of the neighbouring teeth is necessary. Whereas bridges require the surrounding teeth to be filed down to make room for the crowns, a dental implant simply fits into the space provided by your lost tooth.
If you are missing one or more teeth, then it’s very likely that dental implants will provide the best solution for you. For more information and to find out if you are suitable for implants, please get in touch today by calling 01732 865021.