One of the leading causes behind tooth loss is advanced dental disease, like gum disease or tooth decay. If you’re missing a tooth (or multiple teeth) – whether from infection or injury – you’re not alone. However, the functionality of your mouth is not the only consequence that follows the loss of an adult tooth – it can be completely detrimental to your oral health. While you have several restoration options that can restore your smile cosmetically, dental implants are the only option that can replace the complete function of your tooth – and we’re not just talking about chewing food or being able to speak.
The Difference With Dental Implants
It can be difficult to adjust after losing an adult teeth, but that doesn’t mean it’s lost forever. Other methods of restoration have typically been placed on top of your gum tissue – bridges, crowns, dentures, etc. – but dental implants have taken an alternative route.
In order to continue growing and maintaining shape, your jawbone relies on stimulation from the roots of your teeth. Without that root, your bone begins to deteriorate over time – changing the size and shape of your jaw and face. However, dental implants mimic the complete structure of your natural tooth – from the “root” to the crown. Made out of titanium, a biocompatible material, the “root” of the implant directly fuses with your bone – providing the necessary stimulation and additional strength.
Can Anyone Get A Dental Implant?
Generally, yes – anyone can get an implant. However, your oral health is extremely important. There are certain factors that your dentist considers before placing dental implants; your oral hygiene habits, your commitment, the condition of your bone and gum tissue, unhealthy habits (smoking, excessive alcohol consumption), or any other health complications and diseases.
If you have lost significant soft tissue or bone density, your dentist may be able to help rebuild your mouth to help you qualify for dental implants. If you’re missing a tooth (or facing necessary extraction) – don’t hesitate to contact your dentist!