Replacing missing teeth with dental implants

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People who have missing teeth sometimes think they can live without them. While it’s possible to learn to eat with missing teeth, it is better for your remaining teeth, your digestion and your overall health to have missing teeth replaced. Today there are many options to choose from when it comes to replacing lost teeth, with dental implants being the one of the newest tooth replacement options.

What harm can a missing tooth do?

Even if you only have one missing tooth, it can cause problems. When a tooth is gone, the body has to do something with the bone in your jaw that was supporting it. Since this bone no longer has a job to do, the body reabsorbs it. This can damage the foundation that the rest of your teeth rely on for support.

A missing tooth also starts a process that causes your other teeth to gradually shift out of position. It can become difficult to properly clean the area where a tooth was, which can lead to the buildup of bacteria. This can cause tooth decay or gum disease, both of which can threaten your other teeth and create infection.

Options for having missing teeth replaced

There are many dental restorations for missing teeth available. A single missing tooth can be replaced with a partial denture or a dental bridge. A dental bridge is fixed and only removable by the dentist, but it is not permanent and will need to be replaced after several years. Partial dentures or full dentures to restore all of the teeth are effective, but they require daily removable and cleaning and may require the use of adhesives to keep them in place. Because dental implants replace both the tooth and its roots, we prefer dental implants to restore missing teeth.

How dental implants work

A dental implant is essentially a titanium post that is inserted into your jawbone. It becomes a permanent part of your body because it fuses to the jawbone. After healing, the implant is topped with a crown or artificial tooth. A single tooth implant consists of one crown per implant, but if you need many teeth replaced, several crowns may be supported with just two or four implants. Dental implants are permanent and the artificial teeth never come out. You take care of them by brushing and flossing as usual.

Learn more about implants

Dental implants are an exciting option for people who have missing teeth, but not everyone is a good candidate for implants click for info. An exam and consultation about your overall health is needed to help  Calgary dentist Dr Westersund determine if implants are right for you. Some people with health problems such as diabetes, smokers or people who don’t have enough jaw bone to support implants may be advised to choose another method of tooth replacement.

In general, most healthy people have a good chance of success with implants. Please contact us to schedule an appointment for a dental implant consultation and exam.

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