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An implant is an artificial tooth made of metal and porcelain that looks just like your natural tooth, in which it connects directly to the jaw bone. When a tooth is lost, bone loss will eventually occur in that region because the root is no longer stimulating and stabilizing the bone. By using titanium–which biochemically joins to bone–to replace the root, and a tooth-colored crown that is cemented on top of the implant you get a bond that more accurately replicates the one found in nature. With dental implants, you can smile confidently knowing that no one will ever suspect you have a replacement tooth.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU LOSE A TOOTH?
People who have lost most of their teeth and are not wearing dentures appear to have a caved-in appearance to their mouths. When losing a back tooth you feel like you don’t need to replace it since it’s not obviously shown to others. However, bone loss occurs under the surface once a tooth is lost. Eventually, surrounding each tooth with an alveolar bone supports the tooth and when the tooth is lost, that bone basically melts away. Besides causing damage to the immediate area, tooth loss affects remaining teeth as well. Teeth create a structure for the face and their loss can shift the surrounding teeth, creating esthetic issues and bite problems. A lost tooth can also affect facial structures such as the jaw, muscles, jaw joints, and even the skin. The Loss of several teeth may cause to suffer from social consequences and poor nutrition.
When the supporting alveolar bone melts away, it’s gone for good, but through grafting, a skilled dental professional can recreate bone to fuse with and support an implant. This is wonderful news, but it is still best to have a dental implant as soon as possible after the tooth is lost for the most predictable esthetic outcome.