Dental implants offer a permanent solution for your missing teeth. A dental implant is essentially a substitute for a natural root and commonly it is screw or cylinder shaped. Each implant is placed into a socket carefully drilled at the precise location of the intended tooth.
The main aim during placement of any implant is to achieve immediate close contact with the surrounding bone. This creates an initial stability, which over time is steadily enhanced by further growth of bone into microscopic roughnesses on the implant surface.
Replacing missing teeth is important for a variety of reasons. Being able to eat and chew are essential to confident living, as is looking good - if your teeth are missing it's difficult to do either of these effectively.
However there are a few other less obvious reasons that can affect your overall dental health.
When you have missing teeth the adjacent teeth either side will have the tendency to 'fall' in to this space, the opposing teeth on the opposite jaw will also tend to 'over erupt' into these spaces. Over a period of time this can result in jaw joint problems, eating difficulties and possibly headaches as your muscles need to adjust to the new positions of your teeth.
Another reason not to leave gaps between your teeth is that the bone where the tooth has been removed will slowly resorb. This has the effect of shrinking the gum in this area which has a significant aesthetic problem associated with it.
When the bone shrinks, or resorbs like this it means that there is less bone for us to place an implant at a later date should you so decide, therefore placing implants soon after a tooth is extracted preserves bone in the long term.
This would allow you to eat, smile, chew and laugh again with absolute confidence. It would also preserve your surrounding tooth position which will keep your bite in its natural position. Dental implants are the one of the most logical and effective choices to replace missing teeth.