21 Nov Experiencing Tooth Loss? Dental Implants Can Help
Almost everyone experiences tooth loss throughout their life. Because tooth loss is so common, there are many options for replacing missing teeth. One of the most effective and permanent options is a dental implant. Here are the insights you need to know about how dental implants can help after tooth loss.
What causes tooth loss?
There are many causes of tooth loss. Frequently, a dentist or dental specialist may extract a tooth if it has excessive decay or damage that might cause further complications. You could also lose a tooth due to trauma or an injury. However, the most common cause of tooth loss in adults is periodontal disease.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are a widely popular option for replacing missing teeth. Unlike other restoration options, they replace both the crown and the root of the tooth. The implant itself consists of a titanium rod that is inserted into the jaw bone, where it forms a strong, supportive bond.
This artificial root can support a crown, bridge, or denture, meaning that implants are useful in various tooth loss scenarios. Whether you’ve lost one tooth, several teeth, or an entire set of upper or lower teeth, dental implants are an effective solution.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Many patients prefer dental implants because they permanently replace missing teeth. Unlike dentures that can slip or a bridge that requires some alterations to the adjacent teeth, these implants are convenient and comfortable.
Additionally, because the implant post bonds with the jawbone, it helps prevent bone loss and facial sagging that occurs once a tooth is lost.
Finally, these implants are aesthetically pleasing. They function and look just like natural teeth.
What can I expect from the implant procedure?
First, your oral surgeon will perform an exam to decide if you are, in fact, a good candidate for dental implants. If you have lost bone density in your jaw, you may need a bone graft prior to your implant.
During the implant procedure, the surgeon will create an opening in your gums to insert the implant post, then suture the area. It will take several months for the post to bond with your jaw, a process called osseointegration.
When this process is complete, you will be ready for the placement of your crown, bridge, or denture.
Dental Implants at COOMSA
The experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeons at COOMSA use advanced technology throughout the dental implant process to guarantee the highest level of care. Learn more about dental implants and restoring your smile.