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Why Replace Missing Teeth with Dental Implants?

Are you desperate for a solution for your tooth loss? Read here to find out why dental implants are the best option and why missing teeth need to be replaced as soon as you can.

All of us want a dazzling, confident smile. And there are lots of options out there to help you get one! Teeth whitening, cosmetic dentistry, and invisible braces are all available to help you get the smile of your dreams.

But if you’re suffering from tooth loss, you might have thought a brilliant smile was out of reach. That’s where dental implants come in. They’re the best solution for helping you get your smile and confidence back.

Let’s take a look at why you should replace missing teeth. We’ll also explore whether they can replace all your teeth and why dental implants are one of your best options for missing teeth if you are a candidate for dental implant surgery.

Why Should You Replace Missing Teeth?

It’s easy to get used to missing teeth over time. But there are many reasons why you should replace them. Not only will a full smile give you more confidence, but it will also benefit your health.

Gaps in between teeth are bad for the surrounding teeth. They provide pockets where plaque and bacteria can grow. If you do not fill the gaps, it makes it more likely that you will develop tooth decay and gum disease.

Dental implants for missing teeth can also help you to regain the full function of your mouth. Your bite will be more secure, and you will find it easier to chew food. You may have been embarrassed to speak or had speech difficulties from missing teeth. Having a full set will help you to overcome these challenges.

How to Fix Missing Teeth

Dental implants are false teeth – but don’t confuse them with dentures.

They are a long-lasting solution to tooth loss because they replace a tooth or teeth that you have lost with crowns that look like natural teeth. Once you have completed the dental implant procedure, you will have a tooth or span of teeth that look and function like regular teeth.

The first step is to implant a titanium post deep into the jawbone. This is to replace the root of the tooth. This will then take time to heal before the dentist attaches the artificial tooth. 

Once the titanium post is securely implanted, it’s time to have the abutment attached. This is the part the artificial teeth will attach to. This takes about two weeks to heal.

In the case of a single tooth, the artificial tooth is permanently screwed onto the implant. In some cases, it may be cemented in place. You cannot remove it, and you clean it in place like a regular tooth.

Dental implants are so secure that it might also be possible to attach a dental bridge to a single implant. That means that a run of several artificial teeth can be permanently attached. This can produce a very natural look if you have moderate tooth loss.

What Happens if I Don’t Replace a Missing Tooth?

There are many causes of tooth loss, but the body does not like having gaps in the teeth. Over time, the neighboring teeth may start to move and twist to fill the gap. Because there is no tooth there to resist, teeth can start growing awkwardly into the space.

This can cause jawbone loss and facial collapse and lead to a crooked, unappealing appearance that can make you feel more self-conscious. One of the main dental implants benefits is that they place an artificial tooth or span of teeth into the gap. This stops the twisting and turning from happening.

Can You Replace All Your Teeth With Dental Implants?

The great news is yes, you can, and the success rate is very high with implants! Your implant dentist might recommend removable dentures or a snap-on denture. This choice is similar to a regular denture, but it fixes in place much more securely.

It attaches by snapping onto the dental abutment after the titanium implant is placed and includes a gum section for a natural look. You can remove it to clean it, and it’s easy to repair.

This could be a good choice if you have severe tooth loss. Replacement teeth for implants do not have to be added individually. If you need a full denture, you can have these attached to a small number of implants. If you take good care of the dentures, they should last for a long time and are a good replacement option. 

Can You Get Dental Implants With Missing Teeth?

The very best course of action is to replace missing teeth with dental implants. Dental implants can support single teeth, pairs of teeth, and gaps with several teeth missing. They even work if you have all your teeth missing.

They provide a super-strong base to support new artificial teeth. You can replace a missing tooth, or a small group of teeth can be attached to a single implant in some cases. However, this can be a permanent fixture, meaning that you can’t remove it, and you clean it like a normal tooth or set of teeth. 

What Is the Best Option for Replacing Missing Teeth?

If you want to have the most natural smile possible, plus a comfortable bite, dental implants are the only way forward. They’re the best because they actually replace missing teeth. With good care, they can be an almost permanent solution.

They are not like regular removable dentures or bridges that rely on other teeth. Instead, they are supported on a very secure base, and the implant is secured in the jawbone. With good care, they should last up to thirty years.

Caring for dental implants is not too demanding. Simply keep up with a good daily routine of brushing and flossing as with normal teeth. If there are hard-to-reach parts or big gaps, use specially designed interdental brushes.

Filling the Gap: Choosing Dental Implants for Tooth Loss

Enduring tooth loss – whether it’s one tooth or many- is not easy. But replacing teeth with implants or implant supported dentures can make a huge difference to your appearance, confidence and also fend off things like bone loss and other related health issues.

The replacement teeth that dental implants offer are realistic, comfortable, and easy to maintain. Dr. Gordon is a world-renowned implant surgeon, and the team at Gordon Dental Implants & Cosmetics is ready to take you from dream to reality with the best tooth replacement option for your needs.

Contact us today and get all the information you need to take the first step on your dental implant placement procedure journey.