Dental implants are a titanium substitute for the missing roots of your natural teeth. They are utilized in many situations to restore areas where you are missing teeth; such as not having enough natural teeth to support a fixed bridge, to replace single-tooth areas, as well as to support and stablize parital or full dentures.
Missing teeth, whether single or multiple, cannot only destroy the aesthetics of your smile but will also cause drifting, twisting, and over-eruption of your remaining teeth. This disruption in the positioning of your teeth may affect your eating and speaking.
As your prosthodontist, I look forward in giving you the quality of life you deserve by helping you restore the health, function, aesthetics of your smile.
What happens when you lose a tooth?
If you’re missing one tooth or more, you may find there are other things you miss. You may miss your natural smile and enjoying your favorite foods. When was the last time you crunched into an apple or sank your teeth into a mouth-watering steak? Do you feel self-conscious about eating or speaking in public?
Naturally, the effects of tooth loss vary from person to person and depend on what you have lost. If you’ve lost a crown, you have lost the visible part of your tooth. If you have lost the root as well, you have lost the unseen part of your tooth and indeed the most important part.
The root anchors the tooth to your jawbone providing support for the crown. Without the root, the bone around the missing tooth will gradually recede, remaining teeth will shift, and chewing will become more difficult with time.
For those who have lost all of their teeth in their upper or lower jaws, the long-term problems are even greater. This is because bone shrinks after tooth loss, nerves become exposed, resulting in dentures that lack support. Loose fitting dentures compound problems, lead to sore gum tissue, and additional pain.
Each tooth is made up of a crown and a root. The crown is visible while the unseen root anchors the crown to the jawbone, providing stable support. Many options are available for replacing a crown, but only dental implants can replace its root. If the root is not replaced, shrinkage of the jawbone occurs causing your face to appear older. Dental implants can stop this process.
Eat What You Want
Dental implants can restore lost chewing efficiency. This allows you to once again enjoy your favorite foods without thinking twice about it.
Smile with Confidence
With dental implants, your teeth will be secure. You will no longer need to cover your mouth when you laugh or smile.
Maintain Healthy Adjacent Teeth
With traditional practices, the teeth adjacent to a missing tooth must be ground down to place a bridge. Dental implants often eliminate the need to modify healthy teeth, resulting in a more conservative and esthetic restoration.
Long Term Tooth Replacement
A false tooth without a root that is part of a bridge is only temporary. When a root is missing, bone continues to shrink and creates a visible defect under the false tooth. Implants preserve bone and minimize additional dental work. Most Nobel Biocare patients can expect life long replacement of their lost teeth.
Make an Investment
Dental implant treatment may initially seem more expensive than traditional treatment. However, the cost for long-term success with dental implants is often equivalent to repetitive temporary treatment solutions. Implants are indeed a wise investment.
Improve Your Self-Esteem
With dental implants, you can regain nearly all the capabilities you had with your natural teeth. Most implant patients experience renewed confidence. Your improved self-esteem will allow you to participate in activities you were once restricted from. You’ll be able to enjoy life.
For additional information, visit Nobel Biocare’s website.