Dental implants—a permanent solution
If you have missing teeth, there are a number of different options to fix the problem. However, dental implants are the most predictable and long-lasting solution. Implants can be used for a single missing tooth, multiple teeth or adjacent teeth. In fact, they can be used even if the client has no teeth at all.
What happens when you have missing teeth?
A missing tooth leads to bone loss. This, in turn, allows the teeth to move in the jaw and create changes in the facial structures. As well as the cosmetic changes, it can also cause the bite to shift out of alignment. By replacing the missing tooth with a dental implant, all these negative impacts can be avoided.
It’s important to understand that the jaw and teeth keep growing, moving and changing throughout your life. It doesn’t all stop when you reach a certain age. If a tooth is missing, eventually there will be movement of the adjacent teeth leading to a cascade of problems.
Bridges versus implants
A bridge can be fitted when adjacent teeth are missing but it requires using the teeth on either side of the gap as anchoring points. One case where a bridge is a practical option is when the teeth on either side of the gap need to be crowned anyway. However, if the teeth on either side are healthy then a dental implant is the best option.
A big problem with dentures is that they often feel loose. Many clients have mentioned embarrassing moments when their dentures have fallen out while eating or speaking. Clients with partial dentures or wires that act as retainers can cause excessive, unnatural loading forces on teeth. This can cause those teeth to deteriorate and eventually be lost as well. The most comfortable set of dentures will never feel as natural as a dental implant.
The advantages of dental implants
A dental implant consists of a titanium screw that is placed in the jaw. The bone fuses with the screw to provide a very stable base for a replacement tooth. If the tooth should be damaged at some point in the future, it can be easily replaced on the existing titanium screw.
People with missing teeth tend to have a sunken look on their face due to the loss of bone and facial structure. This can also occur with people who have worn dentures for many years. By appropriately loading the jaw with dental implants, further loss of bone and changes in facial structures can be avoided.
The success rate of a dental implants procedure is about 98 per cent. The cutting-edge technology and expertise of the clinician makes this a very safe and reliable method of replacing missing teeth. The results are natural-looking, long-lasting, comfortable and fully functional.
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