In course of life, most people lose one or more teeth due to various reasons (sickness, accident, old age etc.).However, missing teeth with the exception of wisdom tooth has to be replaced as soon as possible. Reasons for replacing a missing tooth (or teeth) vary and should be considered against the risks of leaving the space. When teeth are removed from the jaw, the bone that supports the teeth tends to shrink over time. This process is called bone resorption. Resorption of the alveolar bone (bone that supports the teeth) begins almost as soon as the tooth is removed and proceeds over time. The bone will lose both height and width from resorption. As the bone resorbs, the gum which covers it also shrinks away, creating a concavity (depression in height and width) that can be unpleasant as well as possibly promote food impaction under adjacent teeth. Loss of one or two teeth also can lead to drifting of neighboring teeth, whereby the adjacent teeth lean over into the vacant space where the teeth have been lost. Similarly, loss of a tooth or teeth can lead to shifting of opposing teeth as they drift down into the open space (super-erupt).
Implants are a tooth replacement option that involves placing a new "root" into the bone of your jaw then an artificial replacement tooth is attached to the implant. The implant acts as an anchor to hold the replacement tooth in place.
The success rates for dental implants are extremely high. This is due in part to the fact that root-form implants are made of a biocompatible material, titanium. Dental implant replaces the lost tooth root, which will prevent jaw bone resorption that occurs with bridges, partials and dentures. The loss of tooth roots will cause a change of the smile and contours of the face over time.
If you are in good general health, have healthy gums and have enough bone in the jaw to hold an implant, dental implants might be right for you. If your jawbone has shrunk or if it has not developed normally, you may be able to have a bone graft to build up the bone. A bone graft is a way of adding new bone to your jawbone.
We offer patients the finest quality dental implants, provided by the Straumann implant system. The Straumann Dental Implant System is Swiss made and widely regarded as one of the best implant systems in the world.