- Missing tooth doesn’t only take away the force from your bite but it also causes an embarrassment when you smile. But you should know that restoring functionality and looks to the fullest is not something impossible these days. Dental implants have made it pretty much possible for replacing one tooth, several teeth or even the entire jaw. Good news is that you will be able to chew your food just like you would do with the normal teeth.
- The principle according to which dental implants work is quite simple. A titanium screw is fused into the jawbone, and then a ceramic crown is placed on the top of that implant. Remember, the jawbone can start to deteriorate when a tooth is lost. A dental implant can not only stop that deterioration process but it can even reverse it if you have gotten late in getting the implant. The reason is that it gives the root which is required by jawbone to stay active.
Optimum solution for the single missing tooth
- For decades, dentists have been using dental bridges to fill in the gap of single missing teeth. The dental bridge basically consists of three crowns. The crowns on both sides are fitted on the teeth around missing tooth space, and the center crown fills the gap of the missing tooth. This solution restores less than half of the tooth’s functionality.
- Dental implant, on the other hand, doesn’t require shaping of the natural teeth for the fitting of crowns in order to support the middle crown. Dental implant for single missing tooth only requires proper insertion of implant and the fitting of crown upon that implant. Good news is that this implant restores full force in the bite.
Partial denture vs. implant-supported bridge
- The use of partial dentures is nothing less than a trouble. Since there is no tooth root in the areas where partial dentures are installed, the jawbone keeps receding and deteriorating, changing the structure of the jaw. In that case, the partial fail to provide long lasting solution.
- On the other hand, implant support bridges keep the set of crowns pretty active. Since there may be one or two implants supporting the bridge, the jawbone remains active. And you will also not have to worry about slipping of the bridge out of your mouth.
Full mouth restoration
- If you have lost all of your teeth, dental implant provides you with the ideal solution to get the full restoration. This restoration basically involves 4 or 6 implants to support permanent bridges. The common problem which people with lost teeth face is the lack of bite force when they use traditional bridges or dentures. Implant-supported dentures or bridges on the other hand lets you to eat all of your favorite foods.