Why Replace Missing Teeth?
Why you want to replace a missing tooth
Replacing a missing tooth with implant dentistry is beneficial for your oral health.
Implant dentistry involves replacing a missing tooth (or teeth) with a dental implant. The Dental implant is an artificial tooth root made of titanium that is surgically inserted into your jaw. This titanium rod is biocompatible so there is minimal risk of your body rejecting it.
After a suitable healing period, bone will integrate with the implant (grow up against and have direct contact with the titanium surface of the implant), creating a strong and sturdy artificial tooth root. At this point an implant crown (the part of the tooth you see above the gum), bridge (multiple teeth connecting to implant/s) or a denture can be attached to the implant.
Your jaw and implant dentistry
When you lose a tooth, it not only affects the appearance of your smile it can also affect your oral health. Over time the bone that supports the tooth will start to shrink. This is because without the tooth there is no stimulation to the bone. This process of bone shrinkage is known as resorption and is a natural process. Bone shrinkage means that the bone will lose height and width which, depending on the area of tooth loss, can be visible, giving you a sunken appearance.
If you do not have enough space in your jaw bone to fit the implant, Dr Kassim is qualified to carry out numerous augmentation procedures to grow bone within your jaw. For severe jaw bone deficiencies, Dr Kassim works closely with a team of specialists which carry out complex bone grafting procedures where possible to deliver the best possible outcomes.
Dental implants prevents this from happening
When a dental implant is placed in your jaw, a process known as osseointegration takes place. This is where your jawbone and the implant fuse together. What this effectively does is ensures the continued health of your jawbone. The attachment of an implant crown, arch or denture then helps the function of your teeth.
The loss of teeth can cause the neighbouring teeth to shift in an attempt to cover the gap left by a missing tooth. This can cause teeth to become crooked which can result in a misaligned bite. A misaligned bite can create further problems not just for your oral health but for your overall health. By replacing the missing tooth with a dental implant (and implant crown) we can prevent teeth from migrating.
The benefit of implant dentistry is that your oral health can be restored to optimal form and function.
It may seem all doom and gloom, but it isn’t. These are just the effects of tooth loss
The best thing for your oral health is to have all of your teeth. Healthy teeth are good for your gums, jaws, and other teeth.
There are a number of factors that can cause tooth loss:
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Poor oral hygiene