It is imperative to replace missing teeth, whether in a single space or multiple in a row, to maintain a stable occlusion or “bite”. Without stability, your teeth can drift from their original position and cause further misalignment. Implants are the premier choice for the replacement of missing teeth.
When a dental implant is placed, it does not affect the quality of the surrounding teeth and can function as a single tooth, allowing you to brush and floss normally.
Implants are placed and restored with two main components:
1. The placement of a titanium rod or “screw” into the jaw bone that serves to function like a root.
2. The attachment of a crown or “cap” to the implant screw to serve as the part of the tooth you
are used to seeing in your mouth.
Another advantage of an implant is that when the titanium rod is placed, it prevents bone loss in that area, which helps maintain the strength of the jaw bone.
Implants can also be used as anchors for implant supported dentures, which can greatly improve the ability to chew, speak, and retain the denture in the mouth.
Your dentist will be happy to review implants as a restorative option, whether it is to restore a single space or for multiple missing teeth.