Missing teeth can make it difficult to chew and achieve proper nourishment. Ultimately, it can lead to a decline in the overall health. Teeth also help maintain the shape of the face allowing for proper speech. They also keep other teeth from shifting and moving.
Loss of teeth can lead to any of the mentioned problems. The best way to replace missing teeth is through the placement of dental implants. A dental implant is a titanium post that is placed in the bone, where a tooth has been extracted or missing from birth. After the post is inserted, it is given approximately four months to heal. Over time, the dental implant integrates with the bone.
Once healed, the doctor will then take impressions and make a prosthesis, that will attach to the implant and will resemble the original tooth. Dental implants are an excellent choice to replace missing teeth. It gives the patient a very natural look and feel. Overall, the process usually takes 3-4 appointments, over a series of months to complete.