When you loose a tooth, you also loose the bone that used to support it. This bone loss tends to change facial features and creates a sunken appearance. The loss of a tooth affects other teeth and may cause them to shift and protrude making the simple act of eating difficult. To stop a bone loss, it’s best to have a dental implant as soon as possible after a tooth loss. (A dental implant replaces the root of a tooth which prevents teeth from shifting and stops facial structure’s changes!)
A dental implant is the best substitute for a natural tooth available today. Dental implants are made of titanium which – with time – becomes fused to the jaw bone. Skillfully performed dental implant replaces the function of a natural tooth.
Dental implants are helpful also in restorative dentistry to support a dental bridge or hold a denture in place.
One little known fact is that a recovery after a dental implant takes about 6 months…