Whether it’s a single tooth or several, missing teeth can lower our self-esteem and make life more difficult. Not only are you afraid to smile, but you may find eating or speaking hard or painful. No one should have to endure living in shame or pain because of their teeth.
North Barrie Dental is proud to provide a permanent solution for missing teeth: dental implants. Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement option that looks and feels like natural teeth. After having an implant placed, you can live life confidently; dental implant surgery can fix your smile, renew your confidence, and allow you to enjoy your favourite foods without fear or pain.
Replacing missing teeth is easy with dental implants.
Implants are replacement teeth that replace your entire tooth from root to crown. At the root level, there is a dental implant post. The titanium post is placed into the jaw bone to create a supportive base for your new permanent teeth. The titanium implant post then connects to the bone to an implant that looks and feels like a tooth.
You never have to worry about having uncomfortable or obvious fake teeth; the replacement tooth is colour matched and shaped like your real teeth, ensuring it looks and feels natural.
A missing tooth may seem like a minor inconvenience, but it can put your oral health at risk.
A missing tooth can cause a gap in your teeth and, eventually, the surrounding teeth will begin to shift towards the gap. As your teeth shift, your jaw will not fit together as comfortably; your bite will be skewed and chewing or closing your lower jaw can become uncomfortable.
Dental implants are a long-term solution that can improve your mouth health. They act like new teeth, preventing your existing natural teeth from shifting, and your bite from becoming uneven. A dental implant can protect you from needing further dental procedures in the future.
Many patients that need dental implants have more than one tooth missing. In this case, our dental team will determine which is the best course of treatment, dentures or dental bridges. A dental bridge follows the same implant process but replaces several teeth rather than just one. When several dental bridges are needed, we will discuss whether a denture would be a better solution.
If multiple teeth are missing and the surrounding bone has started to deteriorate, we typically encourage our patients to consider a permanent set of dentures rather than undergoing the tooth replacement procedure.
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