If an individual experiences tooth loss, it can lead to more than just a physical gap between their teeth. Failure to replace a lost tooth can result in the deterioration of the jawbone that previously supported the tooth. This occurs due to the absence of the stimulating effect that occurs during the chewing process. The displacement of neighboring teeth into an empty space within the mouth can lead to alterations in the gap dimensions, ultimately affecting the alignment of the bite. In addition to negatively affecting one's appearance, missing teeth can cause difficulties when speaking and chewing. Fortunately, dental implants serve as an excellent solution for preventing these issues.
Dental implants function like natural teeth by stimulating the jawbone when pressure is applied while chewing. They can replace one or multiple missing teeth and can secure dentures, bridges, and crowns to provide a natural feel in the mouth. The implant serves as a tooth root and is constructed of titanium. It is surgically positioned below the gumline and within the jawbone. Once fused with the jawbone, the implant becomes sturdy and durable and remains in place, preventing discomfort during speaking or chewing.
To be a candidate for dental implant placement, an individual must have healthy gums and enough jawbone material to support the implant. Regular dental visits and maintaining good oral hygiene practices are necessary to ensure the ongoing function of the implant. During the implant placement process, our team can provide local anesthesia or other sedation methods to ensure patient comfort. The procedure involves creating an access point in the gum line to access the jawbone area, creating space in the jawbone for the implant, attaching the titanium screw to the jawbone, allowing the bone to grow around the implant, attaching an abutment to the screw, and placing the dental restoration on the implant. Depending on the number of teeth that require replacement, the entire process may take a few weeks or months to complete.