When a tooth falls out, an empty space is left in the jaw where the tooth root used to be. A dental implant can replace a the missing tooth root in your jaw in order to hold an artificial tooth or bridge in its place.
While the procedure is said to cause little discomfort according to most patients, it takes six to twelve weeks for the jawbone to heal, during which the bone will fuse to the implant, making it secure and permanent. Unlike traditional bridgework, it is unnecessary to reduce the size of the adjacent teeth, making it a more attractive option for many patients. Dental implants are created to look and feel natural, so no one will know they aren’t real. You might even forget, too!
When a tooth falls out, there is risk of jawbone deterioration due to lack of use, which can also lead to facial collapse. Dental implants can prevent this from happening by substituting the lost tooth root; this stimulates the bone to grow and strengthen in order to support the artificial root.
Benefits of Dental Implants:
- Natural looking
- Improve appearance
- Prevent bone from deteriorating
- Function like real teeth
- Do not decay and can last a lifetime
- Do not require adjacent teeth to be altered
- Can replace one or many missing teeth or dentures
- Can prevent dentures from slipping