What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are the closest replacement to natural teeth that exist. The dental implant is placed into the jaw bone and fuses with the bone to form a solid anchor for the restoration. Implants may be used to replace one or multiple missing teeth.
In addition, dental implants are also a great alternative to full dentures. Several implants may be placed in the the upper jaw, lower jaw, or both, and a bridge may be placed on top of the implants, providing the patient a new healthy smile. This means no more ill-fitting, loose, or uncomfortable dentures.
Dental implants look, feel and function like natural teeth. You will need to take care of them by brushing, flossing, and visiting Dr. Zane’s office for regular cleanings and exams.
Why Replace Your Missing Teeth?
Cosmetics, though an obvious reason, are not the only reason to replace missing teeth. Leaving missing teeth untreated for an extended period of time can lead to several other serious health concerns.
Missing teeth can cause the surrounding teeth to shift, and teeth in the opposing arch may protrude into the space of the missing tooth. This can lead to problems with the your bite and discomfort.
In addition, when teeth are missing, the supporting jaw bone tends to deteriorate. This means the jaw bone may get thinner over time. There are also nutrition considerations, as those with missing teeth may not be able to eat certain foods rich in vitamins and other nutrients the body requires.