you are missing one or more teeth, you'll want replacements that
are as natural as possible. If dentures don't work for you, you
may consider dental implants. Unlike dentures, which can be removed,
implants are permanently anchored into the jaw itself.
The loss of just a single tooth can set a course that can destroy
an entire mouth. Teeth will drift and tip into a space that is created
by missing teeth thus causing a change in the bite. Just like two
gears of a car that are not properly aligned, pretty soon you've
got a whole lot of problems.
The loss of a tooth also forces the remaining teeth to carry an
additional load, sometimes past their ability to adapt. In most
cases, when even one tooth is lost, the remaining teeth suffer and
are more likely to be lost as well.
One remedy for this problem would be an implant. This is the replacement
of a tooth with a false root that is surgically placed. It is then
followed by the careful construction of a crown to replace the missing
tooth, to prevent teeth from shifting and thereby causing further
You are a good candidate for implants if you have jawbone ridges
that are in good shape and healthy oral tissues. When the implant
device is inserted into the jaw, a chemical and mechanical bond
is formed. The jawbone actually grows into the implant. With implants,
you get a perfect fit, and they will look and feel as good as (or
better than!) your original teeth.
If you have any questions about missing teeth and possible implant
treatment, please call our office.
The above photo also includes the use of a good example of
replacing old fillings with tooth-colored fillings. Additionally,
as you can see, dental implants can substantially improve the beauty
of your teeth.