A single decaying or missing tooth can be the one blemish in your smile which might affect your self-esteem. Even if the missing tooth is in a less noticeable position, there are still health risks that can arise from having a missing tooth.
An artificial root made of titanium is inserted into and fused with the jawbone to hold the implant in place to support the insertion of a crown to act as a new tooth.
Before a dental implant procedure can begin to replace a tooth, a consultation is necessary to determine that your gums are healthy enough for the procedure to go ahead.
If your dentist feels you are suitable for dental implants then you have good news straightaway that your gums are in good condition.
Any problems with your gums can be identified through this consultation and can be treated as well. Six signs of unhealthy gums.
A missing tooth exposes your gums, leading to an increased risk of bacteria and plaque building up in the area. If too much is allowed to build up, it could cause gum recession which is also a symptom and factor of gum disease.
Even a single missing tooth can affect your bite. A bad bite can place more pressure on the gums which can also contribute to gum recession.
As crowns are inserted onto dental implants anyway, you may wonder why you should go to the extra step of having dental implants inserted to support a crown rather than just use crowns directly.
Dental implants ensure crowns stay in place as the implants fuse into the jawbone otherwise crowns are attached to and rely on the two teeth between the missing tooth by creating a bridge. Implants provide the comfort and functionality of a correct bite and have no effect on your speech at all.
Bridges and crowns
Bridges and crowns can loosen or fall out as they are less durable than implants. This could affect your speech as well as your bite which may add more pressure on your gums when you chew, causing them to recede. Dental Bridge: 4 Types, Benefits.
A false tooth inserted onto dental implants not only has a more stable position in the mouth but it also has the better appearance as this looks more like a real tooth than one attached as part of a bridge.
Most orthodontists and implantologists are dedicated to designing a treatment that is best for you.
Bridges need specialist cleaning products while a tooth-supported by a dental implant simply has to be treated with regular brushing and flossing of teeth.
Crowns are still long-lasting, potentially going for fifteen years without needing to be replaced but dental implants have an even longer life-span of twenty-five years or so. They can potentially last a lifetime.
Proper oral care once the implants have been inserted should help to ensure you get the most out of your dental implants.
Once you have the procedure, you shouldn’t have to worry about returning to have it done again and pay for it over and over again unlike crowns which may require more regular replacement.