The Importance of Dental Implants after Tooth Loss

Tooth loss is the result of a number of factors, such as tooth decay, gum disease, and dental accidents that cause the teeth to be knocked out completely. The loss of natural teeth causes significant changes in a person’s life. As soon as the teeth go missing, it will be difficult to do routine tasks such as speaking, eating, chewing on food, and smiling.

Dentures offer quick solutions to missing teeth problems, but they tend to pose more problems when used long-term. Removable dentures will eventually lose their comfortable fit and will become ill-fitting inside the mouth. In the event that missing teeth problems are not addressed in any way, the functional and aesthetic aspect of the smile will greatly be compromised.

Dental implants provide ideal solutions to missing teeth. The artificial tooth roots made of titanium are placed directly into the jawbone, replacing the role of missing tooth roots to stimulate the jawbone; this continuous stimulation prevents the problem of jawbone thinning. The implants are allowed to pass through a healing period which is necessary for the surrounding tissue to integrate with the titanium roots, after which the dental restorations (such as a dental bridge or dental crowns) can be attached. In the case of a same day teeth treatment, the implants are placed on the jawbone and then attached to the dental restoration all within the same day – without the need for a healing period in between the two procedures.

An implant treatment provides both functional and the aesthetic improvements after tooth loss. Gaps and spaces which resulted from missing teeth will be filled out with the help of implants and the corresponding teeth replacement. Dental implants are also effective in improving the condition of those who have lost all their natural teeth, improving their appearance and making it possible for the teeth to be used in a normal manner once more.

Dental implants can also be used to secure loose dentures. Dentures become loose when used for a long period of time because the jawbone underneath will eventually become thinner, without the stimulation from the lost tooth roots. Problems with ill-fitting dentures are solved by securing the dental appliance with mini implants. The implants are embedded into the jawbone to provide a strong anchor to which the dental replacement can be attached. The dentures or fixed dental bridge will be held firmly in place, without worries about discomfort or embarrassment caused by dentures that move around inside the mouth.