A dental implant is a replacement tooth root that is made from titanium. The small post is surgically inserted into the jaw where, over time, it fuses with the jawbone and becomes a permanent anchor for a prosthetic tooth. If you have one or more missing teeth and you don’t get dental implants, bone loss will occur with time, which can jeopardize other teeth and alter your bite/ ability to chew food.
What happens When you Lose a Tooth
You may lose a tooth because of an accident, illness, gum disease or you may need to have one or more teeth extracted. When you lose a tooth and the root that accompanies it, you will often experience bone loss in the corresponding area of your jaw. If a long time passes before you replace the tooth, you may also need a bone graft to replace lost bone, before a dental implant can be performed.
What Happens When you Don’t Replace a Missing Tooth?
If you don’t replace a missing tooth this can result in damage to adjacent teeth as the gums will begin to recede and you will lose bone in the surrounding area. Gaps from missing teeth may also cause premature wear to your remaining teeth. You may begin to experience headaches, aching jaws and toothache on a regular basis. You may also experience difficult eating and speaking.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
With permanent dental implants you can rest assured that you will feel natural and confident. You will no longer have to worry about bone loss and if you practice proper oral hygiene you will not need to worry about gum disease. If taken care of properly, dental implants can last a lifetime.
If you are considering dental implants, or you are having some issues with your current implants, contact Riverside Oral & Facial Surgery . Our team of experts is committed to providing you with the best oral surgery in northwest Georgia. Contact us to find out more about dental implants.