Tooth loss is a common fear among all people as they grow older. You might fear needing dentures, or you might simply worry that your smile might become blemished thanks to a missing tooth. Luckily, there are a lot of options available to make sure that a lost tooth doesn’t mean the end of a brilliant smile. The most common solution in this case is a dental implant, which is a safe and effective permanent solution for tooth replacement.
Put simply, a dental implant is an artificial tooth that is permanently fixed into the jawbone. In the 1950s, scientists discovered that titanium can bond to the bone found in the human jawline. This implant technology has provided a tooth replacement option that is affordable, reliable, and permanent. During the dental implant procedure, a small titanium “root” is placed into the bone and allowed to fuse for two to four months. Once the healing has finished, a permanent tooth is made and secured onto the implant. Sometimes, if the implant root is stable enough right after placement, a temporary crown can be placed on the implant at that time. This is especially beneficial for missing front teeth, as we can often replace the teeth the same day as the damaged teeth are extracted.
The primary advantage of single tooth implants over tooth-supported bridges for replacement of missing teeth is avoiding root canals and decay on bridge teeth and the additional support to the jaw and bite provided by the implant.
Dental implants can also be used to support the replacement of multiple missing teeth with permanent bridges, offering an alternative to loose and ill-fitting removable partial dentures. These bridges are stable, secure, and can feel and function like natural teeth.
Dental implants are quickly making dentures and other old tooth replacement technologies a thing of the past. Whether you’re about to replace a tooth for the first time or have had dentures for years and need a better, longer-lasting option that won’t limit what you eat, dental implants are likely to be a solution for you. Contact the Orillia Smile Centre for more information and a chance to meet with our experts to talk about dental implants and you!