Tooth extraction is quite common due to poor dental health and gum disease. Leaving the missing tooth space empty may not sound too serious, but the consequences of not filling in the space from the missing tooth can include:
- The teeth adjacent to your missing tooth can change position to fill the gap;
- The loss of your missing tooth’s root can cause your jawbone to shrink, making your face appear prematurely older; and,
- A missing tooth in the front of your mouth can affect your smile and your self-confidence.
In many situations, a dental implant is the most pleasingly esthetic solution for replacing the missing tooth. An all-ceramic dental crown or dental bridge, secured to a dental implant, provides a complete and beautiful solution for improving your smile. A dental implant takes the place of the missing tooth’s root and helps prevent the above consequences.
Tooth loss affects over 125 million Americans. Sadly, the difficulties associated with this condition are common and under treated. The issue of bone resorption after tooth loss has been ignored by traditional dentistry, because no method was available to stop or prevent bone loss and its consequences. Today, the profession knows that dental implants stimulate the bone, similar to a natural tooth, and maintain bone height, width, and density. In a recent nationwide survey, 75% of the respondents with bridges, partials, and dentures stated that if they had known about bone resorption, and that implants preserve bone, prior to making a decision about treatment, they would have chosen implant treatment.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
- Eat whatever you like and experience improved health. Dental Implants allow you to eat all those delicious and nutritious foods that are difficult to chew.
- Express yourself and smile with confidence. Dental implants allow you to talk and laugh without the fear of dentures becoming loose or falling out.
- Increased comfort and improved taste. Implants allow for a reduced size and bulk of a denture when used for anchorage. This allows for better taste and eliminates sore spots.
- Maintain your youthful appearance. Dental implants prevent the deterioration of facial structures and are the only therapy that stops the bone loss that would normally occur when a tooth is lost.
- Implants look, feel, and function like natural teeth. Dental implants restore the mouth, as closely as possible, to its natural state. They can be flossed like natural teeth. With bridgework you need to thread the floss under the bridge to clean the teeth.
- Prevents the need to destroy sound teeth. Dental implants are often more appropriate than a bridge for the replacement of one or more adjacent teeth. With conventional bridgework, the teeth surrounding missing teeth must be ground down. Dental implants often eliminate the need to modify these teeth, resulting in a conservative, yet esthetic restoration.
- Tooth replacement therapy provides long term benefits and is generally the most cost effective treatment option. Implant treatment rarely has to be replaced as compared to partials and dentures (every 3-5 years) and bridges (every 7-10 years). Implants don’t decay! There will be less need for extensive and costly treatment in the future to correct problems associated with traditional treatment options.