Tooth loss presents many unique problems. Congenitally missing teeth is not that rare, so whether teeth never developed properly or teeth were lost due to decay, disease or trauma, dental implants can provide a solution.
There are instances where missing teeth is no big deal, primarily the third molars or wisdom teeth. If these teeth fail to erupt, that is no great loss. However, just about any other missing teeth can be problematic. Vacant spaces can result in remaining teeth drifting out of alignment. Additionally, missing teeth generally present issues with aesthetics.
Congenitally missing teeth can occur for many reasons such as a gene mutation or other inherited factors. Baby teeth may develop, but permanent adult teeth might not.
When a tooth is missing, the patient often sustains bone loss in gum tissue, and the jaw bone experiences shrinkage resulting in a shriveled appearance. This not only impacts gum tissue, but can affect the outward appearance for the patient. Dental implants are a great treatment option.
Dental implants are surgically rooted in gum tissue where tooth loss has occurred or teeth never developed. Typically made from titanium, the entrenched implant will fuse to natural bone tissue throughout the healing period. If there is insufficient bone, there are procedures where bone tissue can be introduced into the jaw in the hopes that bone will regenerate.
The healing process takes four to six months. During this time, the implant is designed to fuse to bone which will serve as the stability for the restoration much like the way the root works for the natural tooth.
When it is time to complete treatment, a final restoration will be permanently affixed by the implant dentist to cover and protect the implant. It will be fabricated to match the color and shape of the surrounding teeth allowing it to be virtually indiscernible from them.
Once completed, dental implants allow the patient to eat the foods they love; speak with confidence; and smile without hesitation. And history has proven that dental implants can last a lifetime.
Caring for implants requires the same daily hygiene regimen that you would follow for your own teeth. Flossing, brushing, and consistent visits to your dental provider will help to keep your teeth and dental implants healthy and your smile brilliant for many years.
To learn more about your tooth replacement options, contact the office of Dr. Stephen Weisglass at 718-544-8787 today.