The benefit of dental implants over other tooth replacement systems is that an implant connects directly to the jaw bone. It’s not the same as the original connection, but functions just the same. When a tooth is lost, bone loss will eventually occur in that area where the tooth was extracted, because the root is no longer stimulating bone growth.
By using titanium--which biochemically joins to bone--to replace the root, you get a bond that more accurately replicates the one found in nature. When you lose a tooth, especially a back tooth, you may feel you don’t need to replace it, since no one can see that it’s missing and you have plenty of other teeth. However, there is more bone loss going on under the surface once a tooth is lost and the bone basically melts away. This is why people who have lost most of their teeth and are not wearing dentures appear to have a caved-in appearance to their mouths.
Besides causing damage to the immediate area, tooth loss affects remaining teeth as well. Teeth create a structure for the face and their loss can shift the surrounding teeth, creating esthetic issues and bite problems. A loosing a tooth can also affect facial structures such as the jaw, muscles and jaw joints.
We work very closely with our local oral surgeons and periodontists to plan the exact type and placement of implant that would work best for you.