There are some situations where a damaged or infected tooth cannot be saved and an extraction is necessary. However, having teeth missing can make daily tasks difficult and lead to dental problems down the road. Dental implants are used to replace these missing teeth and restore the function and appearance of normal healthy teeth. Keep reading to learn more.
What are dental implants?
Teeth are composed of both a root and a crown. The root of the tooth lies below the gum line and connects to your jawbone while the crown is the upper part of the tooth that you can normally see.
Implants are used to replace missing teeth. The implant is usually made from titanium and it is used to take the place of the missing root. After the titanium implant is placed, it needs time to fuse to the jawbone to create a strong foundation for other restorative work. It usually takes 3-6 months for the implant to fuse.
When are dental implants used?
After an implant has fused to the jawbone, restorative measures can be taken to recreate the upper section of the tooth. If only one tooth is missing, a crown will be attached to the implant to create the appearance and function of a normal tooth.
If there is a larger gap in your smile, the implant may be used to anchor something bigger such as a dental bridge or to provide stability for dentures.
These restorations give you a natural looking smile that can improve your appearance, confidence, and dental health.
Why are they important?
Implants can replace missing teeth making it easier to eat, talk, drink, and go about normal everyday activities.
Dental implants can also protect your oral health in the future. If you have a missing tooth, the other teeth in your mouth may become misaligned, or your jawbone could weaken and disintegrate from disuse. Placing a dental implant gives your jawbone something to support so that it can stay strong. Dental implants also prevent other teeth from shifting and becoming misaligned.
If you’d like to learn more about dental implants and other restorative measures, contact Peters Dental Associates.