Missing teeth and tooth loss is one of the most common issues, dentist comes across. There are numerous reasons and explanations as to why a person would lose a tooth. Likewise, there are several ways to fill the gap a missing tooth can leave behind.
Tooth loss can occur from a sports accident, falling face first, or tooth decay. Accidents that result in tooth loss are unexpected. On the other hand, a missing tooth as a result of not caring for teeth can sometimes be avoided. Decay for example, from a cavity that hasn’t been filled, will get larger and eventually rot the tooth leading to breakage. A dentist may have to remove what’s left of the tooth, as well as the nerves to avoid tooth pain.
Choosing to replace a missing tooth can be beneficial to the appearance of your smile, and bring back lost confidence. Restorative dentistry is the solution! Many dental offices offer options for restoring a smile back to its former appearance. Drescher & Cohen, DDS provides dental implants to patients as a solution to missing teeth.
Why Dental Implants
Before implants became a solution, people were stuck with bridges and dentures to fill gaps in their smile. Dental implants, unlike these options, are considered a permanent solution. Most implants life expectancy is well into 15 years and sometimes more. The longevity isn’t the only bonus to choosing dental implants; they are also more natural looking and comfortable. No one will be able to tell you to have a false tooth in when you have an implant installed. They are crafted to look, match, and seamlessly integrate with your other teeth.
While the benefits are known for appearance, dental implants can also stop additional problems from occurring such as teeth shifting. A missing tooth can allow teeth to move out of their usual location because they aren’t anchored the way they used to. When you get a dental implant, it blocks the movement allowing your teeth to retain their position.
What Should You Expect From The Dental Implant Procedure
Firstly, a dental implant consists of three parts: the implant, the abutment, and the crown. What most people consider a dental implant is a crown. When in reality the dental implant is what the crown is affixed to and is inserted directly into the jawbone for many patients. Subperiosteal implants are placed directly under the gum and above the bone. This procedure is for those that have inadequate bone matter to support the implant or those that don’t wish to have a bone augmentation done.
The process of going from no teeth to having a new false tooth in place is a lengthy one. Some dental offices provide same day implants. This type of implant is born the false tooth immediately, but its a temporary one until the final crown is placed. Same day dental implants are only for candidates that have an excellent bone for the implant to be inserted. A dentist will be able to tell you if this is an option.
Most patients will go through stages before they get their final crown placed. Endosteal implants, or those that are inserted into the jawbone, will require a fair amount of healing time. For most individuals, they can expect up to six months before the bone has fully healed and ready for the abutment and crown to be placed. During the recuperation time, you will have to care for the wound and make sure it is properly cleaned to avoid infection. Once the bone and gum are healed, your dentist will reopen the incision to place the abutment that allows for the crown to be set. The crown will look just like a natural tooth and requires no additional treatment once placed.
Are Dental Implants The Best Solution
What works well for one person’s situation might not work for another. This is the case with dental implants. Implants are in fact more expensive than other solutions, but the longevity of the implant usually outweighs the additional expense. Individual implants are fantastic, but they aren’t the only option available and aren’t perfect for every situation. For instance, those that have multiple teeth missing, those who have dentures, or have no teeth at all could find the All-On-4 Implants more beneficial. This type of implant will affix bridges or dentures for a more secure fitting.
When considering the options between bridges, dentures, or implants, there is much to think about including what feels and looks natural, and the cost. Restorative dentistry for missing teeth can give you back a smile you want and in some cases a better smile than the one you had before.