Why are Missing Teeth a Problem?
Missing teeth are problematic because they have a significant impact on a patient’s health, not to mention self-esteem.
- Missing teeth create gaps, which can lead to the rest of the teeth drifting out of place.
- A missing tooth spells trouble for the patient’s oral health. Without the presence of tooth roots, he or she may suffer bone and/or tissue loss.
- People who are missing teeth may have difficulty eating and therefore may struggle to get needed nutrients. This is particularly a concern for elderly patients.
Dental Implants: The Best Solution for Missing TeethWith few exceptions, most patients will benefit from dental implants as the solution to their missing teeth. They are a great option for patients who are missing just one tooth, those who are missing multiple teeth, and those who need to replace all of their teeth. They are often the preferred alternative to using dentures or other appliances.
- Getting dental implants requires undergoing oral surgery to have titanium posts inserted into the jawbone. Just like a tooth root, each post creates a stable, sturdy foundation. In a process called osseointegration, the post fuses with the jawbone and becomes a permanent fixture.
- Once the implant is firmly within the jawbone, a crown can be placed on top. The crown is a realistic-looking replacement for the missing tooth, and it enables the patient to eat and speak with ease. It is designed to match the rest of the teeth, so it looks completely natural and is not noticeable to others.