Dental implants are an option for patients who are missing one or multiple teeth. A dental implant is made up of a screw made out of either titanium or zirconia, this screw functions like a tooth root. On top of the screw or screws sits either a crown, a bridge or set of dentures. Dental implants can replace one tooth or multiple teeth. They can also be placed to secure dentures.
Dental implants are an ideal solution for patients who feel limited by missing teeth. Patients have shared that dental implants have given the back their lives, they are no longer limited by what they eat or how they feel when they eat. Missing teeth can create self-consciousness and embarrassment, with dental implants patients are getting a permanent solution.
Replacing missing teeth is also a health benefit as gaps between the teeth are a prime place of tooth decay, which can lead to bone loss and the need to have serious intervention either by extraction or other dental procedures. Gaps in between teeth also cause teeth to shift to compensate for the space and create wear on the bordering teeth. All of these side effects can damage the jaw bone and change your face shape creating the appearance of age.
Please note that dental implants may not be right for every patient, depending on how much jawbone is present, bone density and lifestyle. Dental implants may also not take to every candidate and can potentially be rejected like any other form of transplant you may have. Allergic reactions to the implant (titanium) are rare and can only present after several months to years.