Replace missing teeth with dental implants
A missing tooth negatively affects your remaining teeth, as well as your gums and jaw. If you don’t replace a missing tooth, the teeth on either side of the gap start to shift. This causes your teeth to become crooked which can result in a bad bite, potentially causing headaches and neck pain.
Your jawbone relies on the stimulation provided by bite pressure from your teeth. Without a tooth to stimulate the jawbone it will start to atrophy and shrink—and if the tooth isn’t replaced this will spread and adversely affect other teeth.
Once the tooth is lost, the jawbone starts to atrophy—all you can do is replace the tooth with a dental implant to prevent the jawbone degradation getting worse.
What is a Dental implant?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root made from biocompatible metal. It is surgically placed at the sight of the missing tooth root. Over a period of 3 to 6 months your jaw will fuse to the implant. Once this process is completed, the abutment and prosthetic will be attached.
If you are only replacing one tooth, the prosthetic will be a dental crown. An abutment is used to attach the dental crown to the dental implant. The process from first appointment through to the placement of the dental crown can take between 6 and 7 months.
How long does a dental implant last?
The dental implant should—baring illness or injury—last between 20 years and the rest of your life. The dental crown generally lasts between 10 and 15 years. Again, this depends on how well you take care of your oral health.