A missing tooth could be more of a problem than you might imagine. Did you know that since each of your teeth depend on one another to keep their position, a missing tooth can cause your teeth to shift and tilt?
Another often overlooked fact is how the missing tooth affects your jaw bone. Since one of the functions of a tooth is to stimulate bone renewal, once the tooth is gone, the bone quickly starts to recede and disappear.
All things considered, it’s very important to replace a missing tooth as soon as possible – and dental implants are becoming one of the top choices to do so.
How Does a Dental Implant Work?
A small titanium post acts as a substitute for the root of the tooth and creates a very strong anchor for a custom made dental crown. Implants can be used individually, or to support a number of dental prostheses, including implant-supported bridges and dentures.
Advantages of Dental Implants
A porcelain crown placed over the dental implant will look as natural as possible.
No Impact to Other Teeth
Since dental implants do not require restorations on the neighboring teeth, you don’t need multiple restorations on teeth that may not need it otherwise.
Stimulates Bone Renewal
Since bone regenerates due to stimulation from teeth rooted in the bone, a dental implant stimulates the bone and gums as much as a natural tooth would.
High Success Rate
The success rate for implants is remarkable: 98 percent for lower implants and 91 percent for upper implants.
A dental implant can be brushed and flossed normally.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
As with all things, good care is required to make your dental implants last. With regular care and good hygiene habits, it’s possible that your implants can last for a lifetime.
Find Out if a Dental Implant is Right For You
The best dental implant candidates are in good health, have healthy gum tissues and adequate bone in the jaw to support the implant.