A dental implant is one way to replace missing teeth. Dental implants are small, titanium threaded posts, which resemble a natural tooth root. Implants support artificial tooth crowns, dentures and bridges.
Many people believe missing a tooth is nothing to worry about; however, it is important to understand what happens when you lose a tooth. When a tooth is lost, the gums begin to cave in around the missing tooth, causing an unnatural ridgeline and contours. Because the bone in the jaw is no longer stimulated by the presence of the tooth root, it begins to shrink, causing bone density loss. A missing tooth can also cause neighbouring teeth to shift, affecting your smile and changing the way you eat.
If you are a candidate for dental implants, our office will examine your mouth, take a CT scan of the teeth and jaws, and properly plan the implant positioning and surgery. On the day of the procedure, an implant is placed into the bone where the missing tooth once was, and is allowed to heal for several months. As the area heals, the implant integrates with the bone and becomes secure. Once healing is complete, a natural looking tooth crown can be anchored onto the implant, which completes the process.
Dental implants can restore a beautiful smile, improve chewing, and provide a long-lasting solution for missing teeth.