Whether you have lost a tooth or teeth due to injury, gum disease, accident or tooth decay, missing a tooth can affect many aspects of a person’s life. Missing teeth can make it hard to eat, can cosmetically look unappealing, and can eventually lead to loss of other nearby teeth. When a tooth is lost, the bone below the tooth is also affected and can begin receding. This can lead to teeth around the excavated spot to start moving out of place which could eventually lead to their extraction. Dental implants are a great way to stop this cycle from occurring. In the long run, dental implants can save someone a lot of money for future treatments that will be needed.
The base of the implant acts as a new root and attaches itself to the bone below. The titanium in dental implants is biocompatible, meaning the body won’t fight it and will accept it as a replacement. This new base acts as a strong foundation for the missing teeth. Afterward, a crown is placed on top of the titanium post which acts like a normal tooth. They can be cosmetically made to match neighboring teeth and also allow you to eat as you normally would. They are often more advantageous than dentures due to the permeant nature of the implant.
Certain conditions like diabetes, uncontrolled gum disease or cancer treatment can greatly effect if a patient can use dental implants, so it is important to disclose this to your dentist.