There are several reasons for tooth loss. Some of these include an injury to the mouth or jaw, an abscessed tooth that is left untreated, or severe gum disease.
Why Get Dental Implants?It is very important to replace missing teeth because if the space is left open, the teeth on either side of the space will shift to move into the space. The shifting teeth will cause problems with your “bite” or how your upper and lower teeth meet. If your bite is affected, it will likely impact your ability to eat and speak clearly. Of course, the esthetic value is another factor. You will feel more comfortable with your smile if you have all of your teeth and/or they are all in place and not shifting. Also, areas with more than one missing tooth can cause a concave look in the cheek that alters the facial structure and appearance.
What Is An Implant?An implant is the next generation of partial dentures or bridges. It is a better looking, integrated solution for tooth replacement. Partial dentures or bridges rely on the teeth adjacent to the space to stay in place. Over time, this can compromise the integrity of those teeth, causing the need for more treatment. An implant begins with an initial procedure in which titanium posts are placed into the jawbone to replace the root of the missing tooth. These posts are the foundation for the new tooth. They provide stability so that the new tooth will appear and function exactly like a natural tooth. After the procedure for placing the implanted posts, complete healing of the gums and bone is necessary before the next step. The gums will take several weeks to heal. During that time, you will be monitored by Dr. Schmidt for signs of infection and appropriate healing. Once the gum has healed, an abutment will be added to the implanted post as a support for the crown. In some cases, the implant and abutment can be done in one procedure; it depends on the case and Dr. Schmidt’s judgment. Lastly, the crown is attached to the abutment. Due to the stability of the new tooth, it will function and appear natural. The patient will be able to eat and speak normally without worries of it falling out or not allowing proper chewing. As long as the supporting bone is in good condition, the dental implant is a very good option for tooth replacement.
During the process of implantation, Dr. Schmidt will provide the patient with instructions on what to eat and how to perform oral hygiene at each stage. If you have any other questions regarding dental implants, feel free to contact our office at (847) 675-7750.