The healthiest thing to do when you lose a tooth is to have it replaced. Otherwise, you risk problems with biting, chewing and speaking, headaches, muscle pain and an unattractive appearance. Fortunately, today, many patients can benefit from comfortable, secure, and natural-looking dental implants for tooth replacement.
Dental implants serve as the base for many tooth-replacement options, including bridges, dentures and individual artificial teeth. Implants are surgically implanted in the jaw to provide a comfortable, secure fit and a natural look.
In the first one or two appointments, the post or anchor is implanted in the jaw. Think of it as an artificial tooth-root. The replacement tooth, bridge or denture is then fitted and placed once the bone and gums have healed. Surgery is typically performed in a periodontist's office under local anesthesia.
From a maintenance standpoint, when you lose a tooth, a dental implant comes closest to copying the original in terms of care. Someone looking at an implant crown will usually have difficulty distinguishing it from the real thing.