Implant dentistry makes it possible for those who have lost teeth to enjoy the benefits of a complete, permanent smile. Even if you have only one missing tooth, replacing it with an implant can prevent serious issues from developing in the future.
A single missing tooth might not seem like a major problem. In fact, any empty space in your mouth, even from a single missing tooth, can cause severe side effects over time. Your other teeth will naturally try to fill the space, and in the long term, this can move other teeth out of position. The resulting misalignment can lead to issues like:
Replacing that missing tooth can prevent all these long-term problems, helping you maintain your healthy smile.
In addition, if you replace your missing teeth with dental implants, you’ll be able to eat all your favorite foods, including chewy or crunchy foods and things that are difficult to chew with dentures or with missing teeth. This allows you to maintain healthy variety in your diet.
Dental implants are the most effective and most natural-looking choice for tooth replacement. Because they include a tooth root, implants stay stationary in your jawbone. You never have to worry about accidentally dislodging them, as you often do with dentures. In addition, the artificial root helps stimulate regeneration in your jawbone, preventing long-term bone resorption.
Most people are good candidates for implants. Some considerations that could limit your ability to heal after an implant procedure include:
Implant dentistry has advanced a great deal in the last few years, so if you have one or more missing teeth, be sure to consult with your dentist to see if implants are a good choice for you. He can also recommend preliminary treatment to increase your suitability to receive implants.
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