Dental implants are generally used to fill a gap left by an adult tooth that is lost. This loss can be due to deterioration, or due to accident or injury. The dental implant is one option that is used to fill that gap so that surrounding teeth do not begin to shift inward to fill the empty space. It is also used to help prevent jaw-bone deterioration at the site of the loss, which can happen without the stimulation provided by the implant.
When an adult tooth is lost or removed, a gap is left. If that space is not filled with a bridge, implant, or through dentures, the surrounding teeth will begin to shift, which can cause further problems. The benefit of dental implants is that they are secured directly to your jaw bone, thus alleviating the need to secure them to surrounding teeth. Implants are very secure, and no other teeth need to be ground down to fit in the implant. An implant also provides needed stimulation to the jaw bone at the site, which helps keep the bone from deteriorating. Also, there is no shifting with dental implants, and so they tend to feel more authentic and natural. Even a bridge or dentures that are anchored by a dental implant tend to stay put better in the mouth without shifting around.
Dental implants are a smart option for those with missing teeth who wish to preserve the strength of their jaw bone, improve their appearance by filling in the gap of their missing tooth with a natural-looking tooth, and help preserve the teeth around that gap. If you have a missing tooth, call us at Northern Horizon Dental today to see if dental implants are an option for you.