It is more appropriate to think of a missing tooth as a space where a tooth used to be. Beyond aesthetics, a tooth's purpose includes acting as a chewing surface, holding its place relative to other adjacent teeth, maintaining the bone structure where it was rooted, and many other structural and preventative roles. Without that tooth in place, surrounding teeth can shift causing gaps and making decay, bone loss and damage more likely. The area can also become more susceptible to periodontal disease and many other conditions.
A dental implant is a small prosthetic post that is placed into the bone of the upper or lower jaw. The post functions as the root portion of the lost natural tooth and serves as an anchor for the replacement tooth. Once the post has settled an artificial tooth is attached to fill the space that was once your missing tooth.
A dental implant often gives back a patient's confidence in their smile, as well as the ability to eat comfortably, keeping a clean, healthy oral environment. Dental implants look and feel exactly like natural teeth, no one other than you and your dentist will be able to tell the difference.
There are many different types of dental implants available. Your Maple dentist would be pleased to discuss the benefits of implant prosthetics with you. Contact our Maple Dental Office today to book an appointment.