Single implantsIf you are missing just one tooth, the best solution to get your mouth looking and feeling its best again is a dental implant. A dental implant with a crown looks and functions like a natural tooth. The implant is non removable, as it is affixed to the gumline where the root of the natural tooth used to be. This prevents the remaining teeth from shifting and preserves the shape of the jaw. The patient will care for the implant in the same way as the natural teeth, through brushing and flossing. The dental implant and crown are impervious to cavities, but the crown can become discolored if proper oral hygiene is not provided.

Replacing Multiple Teeth with Implants

If you are missing more than one tooth, implants can be used to support crowns and bridges. This is a permanent solution, as opposed to removable partial dentures, which may not fit properly and will need to replaced over time. The advantage of implant dentistry is that the implants prevent bone loss and keep the jaw from shrinking by replacing the root of the natural teeth. If missing teeth are not replaced, bone loss can occur over time, which alters the facial structures and can create an older, more weathered appearance.

If a patient is missing all of their teeth, either on the top or bottom jawbone or both, they can still benefit from implant dentistry. Implant supported dentures are an alternative to the older style removable dentures. They are are more convenient and durable, as well as improving the patient’s ability to eat and speak. Many people over the age of 65 are missing all of their teeth, and dental implants provide replacement teeth that can last for the patient’s lifetime.

Missing one or more teeth can be detrimental to a patient’s overall health, well­being and self esteem. Every area of your life is impacted by tooth loss; you may experience difficulty eating and speaking, and may feel self conscious when engaging in social activities such as speaking, smiling, and eating at restaurants. Implant dentistry can provide a way to regain confidence and functionality of the teeth. If you are missing teeth, dental implants are an investment in your health as well as current and future smile.