Tooth tissue damage or loss is mainly caused by advanced dental caries, injuries or gum disease, such as periodontal disease. In this case, restoration and/or reconstruction of the lost tooth tissue - and teeth in general – will be crucial. However, this is not only for aesthetic reasons. Missing a few teeth can affect how you chew and cause shifting of the remaining teeth. This can lead to malocclusion that will then require orthodontic treatment.
Dental implant treatment is the most efficient way to restore one or more missing teeth. During this procedure, implants are surgically placed in the jawbone to replace the tooth roots. Then, either a crown or a prosthetic bridge is affixed to each implant, perfectly imitating the tooth’s natural appearance. Implant-based reconstructive procedures can permanently restore your dentition, along with the natural beauty of your smile.
Implant-supported crowns and bridges can both achieve a much more durable outcome than any other prosthetic solutions. However, traditional bridges require grinding of the adjacent teeth. This can cause their permanent damage. Also, bridges need to be replaced after several years of use. Implants, on the other hand, replace exact tooth gaps and have no effect on the surrounding teeth. In addition, they can serve patients for decades without the need for replacement.
Implants have as well another remarkable and important feature. To be specific, only dental implants can prevent the loss of the jawbone and gum tissue, which naturally occurs after tooth loss. Following implant placement, peri-implant bone formation begins to prevent jawbone resorption. With restored teeth, facial muscle activity will return to normal, facial features will remain unchanged, and wrinkles will have no chance to appear, as it happens in patients with incomplete dentition.