Clinician's Corner: Dental Implants

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July 26th, 2021

If you have a missing tooth or many missing teeth, there are several options that your dentist may recommend to replace them. One option is dental implants.

Dental implants are placed into the jaw bone to replace the roots of missing teeth. They are used as supports for a single tooth or many teeth.

There are several advantages to using a dental implant to replace a missing tooth. When a tooth is lost, the bone that was supporting the tooth will start to shrink over time. This can cause other problems in the surrounding teeth or gums. When an implant is placed, it helps to keep the bone in place and prevent other issues from developing.

illustration of dental bridge being placed over missing tooth and on teeth next to the space

Implants can be used in a variety of ways and are very commonly used to replace a single missing tooth. A bridge is another option to replace a missing tooth. When a bridge is used, the teeth on either side of the space support the bridge. These teeth can eventually become compromised. The advantage to using an implant to replace a tooth instead of a bridge is that an implant does not depend on other teeth to support the crown.

illustration of denture being attached to mouth

Implants can also be used to support a denture. For those that are missing multiple or all their teeth, a denture replaces the missing teeth. Implants can provide additional support for dentures to prevent movement and improve chewing and speech.

If you have a missing tooth or several missing teeth, talk to your dentist about dental implants. Dental Implants may be the best option to replace missing teeth, resulting in a beautiful and healthy smile!

This information in this post is for general educational purposes only and does not warrant or represent any information as related to health as specifically appropriate for you. It is not intended to be medical advice or replace the relationship that you have with your health care providers. You should always seek medical advice on any diagnosis or treatment from a qualified health care provider. The information is provided “as is” without any representations or warranties, express or implied.