The team at Centre Dentaire Limbour knows that a missing tooth can make you feel less than confident about your smile. What’s more, if you’ve lost a tooth, whether it was due to trauma, disease, decay, or any other cause, you’ll need dental restauration not only to return your smile to its original appearance, but to avoid the large number of consequences that can result from missing teeth. These consequences range from deformation of the alveolar bone and improper chewing and digesting of food, to more frequent cavities and premature wear of your remaining tooth.
Without a tooth’s root, the area of gum and jawbone surrounding the missing tooth can deteriorate and even cause facial collapse, so if the root of your tooth is completely gone, or is so damaged that it is no longer viable, dental implants are an excellent long-term option. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made of titanium, which are inserted into the jaw to replace the roots of natural teeth. They are fixed to the alveolar bone of the jaw, and can act as a support for crowns, bridges, or a complete denture.
To avoid the risk of infection or rejection, dental implants are made up of biocompatible material. Once installed, a dental implant slowly welds to the bone in a process called osseointegration, which strengthens the implant and ensures that it is held firmly in place. Healing time for dental implants is usually similar to that of the extraction of a few teeth.
There are many factors to consider when trying to determine if a patient is a suitable candidate for dental implants, including bone and gum densities, the overall health of your teeth and gums, as well as the state of your overall physical health.