When teeth are missing, the bone which previously supported the teeth, melts away, or resorbs. Since the bone structure suports all the muscle and tissue of the face this results in very visible aging: collapsed facial profiles, lost lip support, increased wrinkles around the mouth and the appearance of a pointed nose and chin that are too close together.
Dental implants allow reconstruction with stable, comfortable replacement teeth and virtually stop future bone loss, maintaining the integrity of facial structures and a natural appearance.
Dental implants are substitute, or replacement tooth roots. They provide the same function as natural tooth roots, including stimulating the bone, thereby preserving it and preventing bone loss. The jawbone actually forms a bond with the dental implants, creating a stable foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. Tooth replacement with dental implants prevents further deterioration of facial structures and the related health problems that would normally occur with complete tooth loss.
If you have lost one or more teeth and wish to continue to eat comfortably, increase your chewing confidence, and improve your appearance, speech, and self-esteem, then you will be interested in dental implants. An implant replaces the root of a missing tooth and is made from surgical-grade titanium alloy. The implant is placed into the jawbone either immediately after the tooth lost or later. If there is insufficient bone, procedures can be performed to restore this before the implant is inserted.
Dental implants are not subject to dental decay and have an excellent long term prognosis. The placement of a dental implant is typically completed in less than an hour, as an office procedure with only local anesthesia. Post-operative discomfort is normally less than that of a tooth extraction. It is often possible to have a temporary restoration so that you are not without a tooth. After a period of three to six months of healing, the temporary abutment is removed and a final one inserted into the implant and the crown fitted.