A dental implant is a small metal (titanium alloy) post that is surgically inserted into the jawbone. It essentially replaces not the tooth itself, but the tooth root; a dental prosthetic is then attached to the implant to restore appearance and functionality. Dental implants are a great solution for replacing broken or missing teeth or to provide support to loose removable dentures. There are several reasons for replacing missing teeth.
As confident as a person may be, even one missing tooth can make them self-conscious about their smile. It may seem like a small matter, but having just a small amount of emotional stress can have an effect on work and personal life. Dental implants are very effective at boosting a patient’s morale and overall confidence as they aren’t noticeable as a dental restoration – they look like natural teeth.
As soon as a tooth is lost, the balance in the dental structure can change. The open space leaves room for the remaining teeth to move around and shift into that space, potentially changing the bite of the teeth. This could lead to oral problems, such as hindering chewing abilities. Additionally, as the teeth shift and possibly even rotate, they could become more difficult to clean and tooth decay can occur.
When you have all of your teeth and they are functioning as they should, you probably don’t give one thought to them as you eat or speak. If a tooth is missing, however, you’re very conscious of that gap because it can affect what you are able to eat. For example, chewy or hard foods can become difficult or even impossible to chew, so they’ll be avoided even if you enjoy them. The exposed root of the missing molar can also be sensitive to food and extreme temperatures, so eating could become a very uncomfortable experience.
Dental prosthetics with a good supporting dental implant can dramatically improve the life of someone who is missing one or more teeth. The success rate of the procedure is over 95%, so if you have a gap in your teeth, you should seriously consider this procedure.