Let’s start with what dental implants are. When a tooth or teeth are missing, dental implants can be thought of ‘replacement tooth roots’. There are different situations for most people but the most common type of dental implant used today is the ‘root-form’ dental implant.
Implants can be used to replace one or all missing teeth. There are many advantages of dental implants, here are just a few.
1. They preserve the tooth bearing bone. 2. Avoiding reducing healthy tooth structure to support fixed bridges. 3. Provides excellent cosmetic results. 4.Implants are not suseptible to tooth decay.
If you choose to do nothing about your missing tooth or teeth, the risk of bone loss, shifting of the remaining teeth in to the new position, additional stress on the remaining teeth which can cause chipping or cracking and greater force placed on the jaw joints leading to TMD.
Every situation is different for everyone. If you have missing teeth, see your dentist to evaluate, diagnose and treatment plan if you are good candidate for dental implants.