What is a dental implant?
Implants are a solution for missing teeth. When space is created by a missing tooth, it allows surrounding teeth to move, which may lead to further tooth loss. An implant is affixed to the jaw bone to mimic a tooth and tooth root, keeping the surrounding teeth in line, and restoring function.
Why do you need a dental implant?
It is not uncommon for individuals with a missing tooth to think that there is nothing wrong with leaving the site as it is. The problem with this philosophy is that every tooth plays an important role in your health and wellness. When you remove a tooth, your bone in the area starts to be reabsorbed into the body, causing bone loss. Additionally, the surrounding teeth are at greater risk of decay, gum recession, sensitivity and movement.
Because dental implants replace your missing teeth down to the bone, they perform the duties that natural teeth would. This gives you peace of mind, knowing that your mouth is protected from unnecessary damage and deterioration.