With many state-of-the-art dental treatments and prevention options available in dentistry today, there are fewer reasons for having to extract teeth. However, when something does go wrong with a tooth, we try to do everything possible to restore the tooth to its original function.
When a tooth is lost, the jaw bone that helped to support that tooth begins to atrophy due to lack of stimulation, causing the teeth on either side to shift or tip into the open space where the tooth once was. Additionally, the tooth above or below will start to move towards the open space because there is no opposing tooth to bite on. These movements can create problems such as decay, gum disease, excessive wear on certain teeth, and TMJ (jaw joint) problems. While these problems and movements do not result immediately, they will happen eventually and likely compromise your chewing ability, the health of your bite, and the beauty of your smile.
Whether you’ve lost one tooth or multiple teeth, one of the best and longest lasting options for replacement is a Dental Implant.
A dental implant is an artificial root that is surgically inserted in the jaw bone to replace a missing tooth. An artificial tooth can then be placed on the implant, giving the appearance and feel of a natural tooth.