The negative effects of tooth loss can be seen in a smile, but they extend further than that. Missing teeth can lead to additional dietary restrictions, speech impediments, health problems, and even a change in facial structure. In order to restore a full smile and avoid future complications, the right tooth replacement treatment is needed.
Dental implants are often the most effective way to replace teeth, both cosmetically and functionally. If you are suffering from tooth loss, consider what an implant procedure can do for you, as offered by our Worcester dental office.
How Dental Implants Work
Unlike other tooth replacement techniques, dental implants are the only restoration that is connected directly to the jawbone. After being installed, implants fuse with surrounding bone in a process called osseointegration. In this way, implants take on the role of a tooth’s roots, reinforcing the replacement through the jaw’s natural strength. In return, bone tissue is encouraged to regenerate by the implant, preventing it from disintegrating (as is often the case with traditional dental bridges or dentures).
After implants are installed, they are capped with porcelain crowns that resemble the patient’s teeth in shape and color. With a properly crafted crown, implants will perform and appear no differently than any other tooth.
Dental Implants for Single Tooth Replacement
Problems like disease, decay, and injury can leave a single tooth in need of replacement while the rest of your smile is perfectly healthy. Because dental implants only affect the specific area of tooth loss, they are an ideal treatment option for patients in need of individual replacements.
Whereas dental bridges require support from neighboring teeth, implants are installed directly in place of the lost tooth; a crown tops the implant to replace the single lost tooth. Bridges require the removal of enamel from adjacent teeth in order for them to support the bridge via crowns. Implants require no such assistance from neighboring teeth, thus preserving them.
While bridges and implants both fill lost teeth with realistic replacements, a bridge’s tooth only rests atop the gum. As a result, space previously occupied by a tooth’s roots is not replaced, leading to a possible reduction in bone mass over time. With dental implants, bone tissue and replacement tooth reinforce one another, preventing such loss.
Dental Implants for Multiple Tooth Replacement
Although implants fill the space of individual teeth, they can be combined with other restorative techniques for the replacement of multiple teeth. Dental bridges and full dentures have traditionally been used for progressive tooth loss, but these options can gain additional advantages through the support of dental implants.
Dental bridges:Also called partial dentures, bridges are usually supported by healthy teeth. However, when teeth are missing and patients do not want to have their healthy teeth capped, implants can be used to hold the bridge in place. A bridge can be fastened to implants, replacing multiple teeth at once.
Full dentures: Dentures have conventionally been held in place through an adhesive paste, often leading to problems in speech, diet, appearance, and comfort. While dentures can be held in place through a wire mesh within the gums, the best option for strong, reliable dentures is support through implants. A few implants can support whole sets of dentures, effectively reinforcing your entire smile.
Don’t Wait to Replace Lost Teeth
The longer teeth go without replacement, the more likely it is that additional problems will develop. If you have lost a tooth for any reason, or are expecting an extraction in the near future, you may be a dental implant candidate. To consult cosmetic dentist Christy Savas on this restorative technique or other treatment options, contact our office. We will gladly help you set up an appointment, while addressing any of your questions or concerns.Leave a reply →