What are the health consequences of missing teeth?
As well as helping you to speak, teeth play a crucial role in the mechanical processing of foods. When you’re using your jaws to chew, strong forces are being exerted – your set of teeth evenly distributes these forces, which avoids distortion of your jaw bones and teeth.
Having even one tooth missing disturbs this delicate balance. The neighbouring teeth begin to ‘fill the gap’, and behind them, like domino blocks, they move further, leading to curvature and further reduction of the efficiency of the oral cavity. The tooth above or below the cavity loses support and becomes susceptible to damage or falling out.
For these reasons, any missing teeth must be addressed as soon as possible. The method that best replicates the tooth’s natural function of the tooth is the tooth implant, or dental implant.
What are tooth implants?
A tooth implant consists of three parts. These are:
What to expect during a dental implant procedure
The dental implant procedure is performed in several stages.
First, your dentist will drill a hole in the jaw bone and place the titanium screw in it. Although this admittedly does not sound appealing, there’s nothing to fear – the procedure is actually simpler and faster than removing a wisdom tooth. It takes place under anaesthesia, and sometimes with narcotic pain medication, so there’s no need to put the procedure off due to pain concerns.
The screw fixing is preceded by a diagnosis. On the basis of the pantomographic picture, the specialist determines whether the screw will fit into the bone, and whether there is a place for the crown in the jaw. This is a necessary stage because sometimes the jaw bone can disappear alongside tooth loss.
The next step is unveiling the implant and fixing the healing screw. It prepares neighbouring tissues for crown placement and also speeds up their regeneration. It should be worn for about 14 days. After this stage, it is time to complete the restoration and fix the crown.
The crown is prepared by dental technicians based on impressions taken from the patient. Together with the dentist, the patient can pick the colour of their crown. When the restoration is ready, an ‘abutment’ is fastened on the implant, and an artificial tooth fixed to it.
How much do dental implants cost?
Implant prices vary depending on the materials used. Contact us to learn more.
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This solution is not cheap, but no alternative provides the same levels of comfort, hygiene and durability. What’s more – if this is left over time, the defective jaw will cause more and more problems, and of greater severity, meaning that your eventual treatment will end up costing considerably more.