Dental Implants: Part 1
Dental implants are a great cosmetic dentistry option for replacing a missing tooth. Dental Implantation is a method by which a dentist will replace a tooth by use of a screw that is placed into the jawbone as an anchor and then place an artificial tooth as a crown. We’ll go through this process in more detail in the next few blogs so that you can make an informed decision when it comes to your dental health.First, why replace a missing tooth? Having a missing tooth can negatively affect your self-esteem causing you to not smile and laugh and that can have a profound effect on your life. It also is not good for the health of the whole mouth. The gap between teeth can cause other teeth to shift position and changing your smile further. Your jawbone health will also be affected.Without a tooth in it, the jawbone loses blood flow and slowly degenerates.
When replacing a tooth you have several options: a bridge or implant are the two main ones. A bridge is when an artificial tooth is attached to the two teeth on either side of the missing tooth space. In some instances, this is definitely the best option. For other situations, an implantation is a better option. If you don’t smoke and have your jawbone is in good condition implantation is something you should consider. If your jaw bone needs augmentation there are procedures your dentist can do to make it optimal for implantation. We will cover these procedures in the next blog. In the meantime, if you have questions, call our office.