Missing teeth aren’t just a cosmetic issue but an oral health problem as well. When you are missing a tooth or teeth, it can cause extra stress and pressure to be put on the surrounding teeth which can cause serious issues. There are many different forms of replacement teeth to choose from. These include: bridges, removable dentures, and dental implants.
A popular solution for those who are missing teeth is to use a form of removable dentures. While these might be a great temporary option, in the long term, removable dentures can allow bone loss to occur at the site of your missing tooth. Healthy gums are hard to maintain with dentures and that can cause chewing sores and further discomfort. If you like the look of your dentures but just want something more permanent, Implant dentistry would be the solution for you.
Dental implants can improve your quality of life. They offer the look, feel and stability of natural teeth. A minor surgery is required and is performed by an oral surgeon or trained dentist. A small incision is made in your gum tissue and a metal base or “root” is put directly into your jaw bone. If you’ve experienced bone loss, a bone graft could be done to improve the strength of the base of your implant. Once the base is firmly “implanted”, a tooth shaped crown is placed on the base.
The healing process can take as little as a week and as long as a month depending on your specific situation. You’ll be given pain medication to help with the discomfort you may have as you heal. Implant failure is rare. In fact, the success rate is around 98 percent.
Once you’ve healed from your surgery, you have the look and function of a natural tooth!
If you’d like to leave your removable dentures behind, or replace a tooth or teeth that have been missing, give Boyle Family Dental a call and ask about their dental implant options today.