A missing tooth can be an unpleasant situation and can negatively affect the look of your smile. Aesthetics aside, having a missing tooth is also a real health concern for multiple reasons. Your teeth are meant to remain in their original placement, and once a tooth becomes missing, there are risks that come along with it. That missing tooth had multiple purposes: it acted as a chewing surface, it helped keep your tooth spacing consistent and maintained bone structure where it was rooted. With that tooth gone, the surrounding teeth can shift, causing gaps and increase the risk of tooth decay. As well, that area can become more susceptible to periodontal disease.
In order to avoid bone loss, keep proper spacing of your teeth and to avoid the various health risks associated with a missing tooth, a dental implant may be required.
You may find yourself asking, what is a dental implant? Essentially, a dental implant is a small prosthetic post that is inserted into the bone of the upper or lower jaw. The post serves as the root and anchor for the replacement tooth that is to be attached to it. The post is left to settle for a period of time, and later an artificial tooth is attached to seamlessly fill the space where your missing tooth once was.
Dental implants allow patients to once again smile with pride, and enhances their ability to eat and chew foods like they could before. These dental implants look and feel exactly like real teeth, so nobody other than your dentist will even know the difference!
If you are looking to replace a missing tooth with a dental implant, our North York Dentist, Dr. Saul Dimitry would be happy to sit down and discuss the benefits of implant prosthetics with you! Come into our Thornhill Dentistry at 8 Abitibi Ave. or call us at 416-223-0550 for more information.