If you’ve lost a tooth or multiple teeth due to infection, a contact injury, or any other reason, you should consult with your dentist immediately. Without a replacement, the rest of your teeth can begin to wear down and shift due to uneven distribution of pressure from your bite. Your dentist can provide you with several options for replacement. One way you can get your smile back is with implants. Dental implants are an excellent way to replace the form and function of the tooth that you recently lost.
Dental implants are an advanced way to replace a missing tooth. The procedure involves placing a titanium post into your jawbone. Titanium is a biocompatible material that can fuse to your jawbone as it heals. This fusing process allows the post to mimic and replace the supportive root system that your lost tooth had.
After the implant post has fused, your dentist then attaches a dental crown to the top of the post. The dental crown is formed by your dentist to function and appear as a natural tooth. Replacing your lost tooth as soon as possible with a dental implant is important to prevent the wearing down of your teeth and jaw bone.
Dental implants can also be used for bridges and dentures, such as All-On-4 dentures which use strategically placed implant posts to effectively secure the dentures with a minimal amount of surgery. Your smile’s look and effectiveness can be restored thanks to dental implants.