It is more appropriate to think of a missing tooth as a space where a tooth used to be. Above and beyond aesthetics that tooth's purpose included acting as a chewing surface, holding its place with regards to adjacent teeth, maintain the bone structure where it was rooted along with many other structural and preventative roles. Without that tooth in place surrounding teeth can shift causing gaps and making decay more likely, bone loss and damage can occur, the area can become more apt to periodontal disease, the remaining teeth have more pressure on them and they too can break, and the list goes on.
To avoid bone loss, maintain the proper spacing of your teeth and avoid the maladies associated with a missing tooth an implant may be required. An implant will take the place or more appropriately fill the space that your missing tooth once held.
A dental implant is a small prosthetic post that is placed into the bone of the upper or lower jaw. The post functions like the root portion of the lost natural tooth and serves as an anchor for replacement tooth. Once the post has settled an artificial tooth is attached to fill the space that was once your missing tooth. The implant is made of titanium, the same material used for artificial knees, hips and shoulders!
Dental implants look and feel exactly like natural teeth, no one other than you and your dentist will be able to tell the difference.
A dental implant often gives back a patient's confidence in their smile, the ability to eat comfortably and a clean, healthy oral environment.
There are many different types of dental implants available. Implants are not only used to replace a single missing tooth but are used to replace entire mouths of missing teeth through various types of restorations from implant supported dentures, to teeth in a day, to individual teeth replacements for all your missing teeth needs!
Dr. Goodlin and his specialty team will be pleased to discuss the benefits of implant prosthetics with you.