When a tooth is extracted or otherwise removed from your mouth if it is not replaced in a timely manner a number of problems may occur. There is over time a certain amount of bone loss at the site of the extraction. There is also a greater possibility of root exposure of the adjacent teeth which could cause increased sensitivity and the possibility of future root cavities. Adjacent teeth will often tilt into the space causing increased spacing between the other teeth sometimes creating areas that may encourage the accumulation of food and bacteria that are difficult to clean. Additionally, missing teeth may negatively affect both your speech and your appearance.
There are a number of ways to prevent these problems. The simplest is to replace the missing tooth with removable denture with an integrated plastic tooth. It does prevent the shifting of adjacent teeth into the open area but does not prevent the potential exposure of their roots at the site. Being plastic it is subject to wear over time and in addition the denture’s clasp results in an increased chance of cavities in surrounding teeth.
Second option is to construct a bridge between the two teeth adjacent (abutment teeth) to the opening that support a false tooth between them. This results in a partial denture composed of three connected teeth. This type of restoration has the advantage of preventing the eruption and exposure of adjacent teeth as well as preventing them from tilting into the open space. The disadvantages of this method are its requirement for shaving the enamel of abutment teeth which makes them more susceptible to decay and subsequent failure of the bridge in future.
A third option is to use dental implants which are an artificial root constructed of titanium or ceramic which is inserted into the jawbone and replaces the root of the natural tooth. An artificial tooth is then attached to the implant. Not only does it prevent the eruption and exposure of adjacent teeth as well as their tilting into the open space, this method stops bone loss at the extraction site and preserves the bone structure adjacent to the site. The resulting restoration is easier to clean and maintain and does not negatively impact the surrounding teeth. It has also proven to be a more lasting and maintenance free solution as compared to the other options.
Plus replacing one tooth, Implant is very useful for increasing the stability and retention of loose dentures, Partial without clasps and also for fixed full mouth reconstruction. Implant builds up the confidence of an edentulous person with bringing back the natural and fixed teeth in their lives.
Recent advances in 3D X-ray and digital technologies allow your dentist to perform implant surgery with extremely precise implant insertion resulting in a minimum of post-surgical pain and durable, esthetically pleasing results.It should be noted however that implant surgery is not performed on heavy smokers, uncontrolled diabetic patients, patients undergoing chemo or radiation therapy as well as a number of other conditions.
Please contact us for a free implant consultation to determine if this is an appropriate and desirable course of treatment for you and answer all your questions.
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