If you have a missing or damaged tooth, dental implants could be a great solution to repair your smile. Even if your missing tooth isn’t noticeable, there are definite advantages to replacing it with a dental implant as missing teeth can weaken the other teeth around them and remaining teeth will tend to move toward the open space, bringing them out of alignment.
Your bite will be affected by a missing or damaged tooth, as well. Your top teeth are meant to align with your bottom teeth when you chew your food or bite down for any reason. When one is missing or damaged, the teeth on the opposite side don’t come together properly, and food can move through the hole. Food trapped in the empty space where your tooth used to be is difficult to remove and can cause decay.
Dental implants take the place of a missing tooth and are formed to align with your natural bite. They help hold the other teeth in place and they fill the void, so food doesn’t get stuck resulting in decay. Dental implants aren’t only a cosmetic solution but a practical one, as well.
Types of Dental Implants
Dental implants can be divided into two groups, those that are installed into the jaw bone and those that are placed just under the gums. Both types of implants provide all the benefits of permanently replacing a missing or damaged tooth, but are used in different situations.
A dental implant that’s installed into the jawbone is stronger, but requires a longer surgical procedure. If there’s a certain amount of bone loss due to decay or aging, this type of implant may not be recommended. An implant that goes just beneath the gums doesn’t require as strong a jawbone. This procedure can be used in the middle of a row of strong teeth, where the implant will gain strength from the teeth around it.
The dentist will assess your situation and explain the best options for you. Either way, replacing a missing or broken tooth can be the best way to maintain good oral health.
How Dental Implants Work
The procedure for dental implants is simple. The oral surgeon puts a titanium post on place, either under the gum or in the jawbone. That post is left in place for a few days or a few weeks, so the tissue can begin to grow around it. When the post is strong, a cap that looks like your natural tooth is secured to the top of it.
All-on-Four Dental Implants
Dental implants come in various sizes. One post can hold a single tooth, or a larger cap can look like several teeth bonded together. An all-on-four dental implant is a complete denture set on four implanted posts. The advantage of all-on-four implants is that you need fewer posts to get a full set of dentures. If you need a complete set of teeth, all-on-fours can be implanted faster and easier than a whole set of individual teeth.
All-on-four dental implants are permanent, unlike traditional dentures. They fit comfortably, look natural and could be the best solution to your tooth loss.
Benefits of Dental Implants
There are numerous benefits to dental implants including aesthetic and functional reasons. In many cases, dental implants are stronger than your natural teeth and patients enjoy the functionality of teeth they used to be careful to chew on. Dental implants can be colored to blend visually with the teeth around them, and they’re a low-maintenance option for teeth replacement. Contact the experts at Gateway Dental & Orthodontics to schedule your free consultation and learn which dental implant option is right for you!