A person’s teeth may need to be removed for a variety of reasons. Many people assume that poor dental hygiene and periodontal disease are the primary cause for extractions, but teeth can also be removed because of overcrowding or cracking (usually caused by an accident of some sort). Some people may also need to get stubborn baby teeth removed that won’t fall out on their own. Whatever the reason for a tooth needing to be removed, there are a couple of ways to replace it. Popular options include dentures, bridges, veneers and implants.
A dental implant can be seen as an artificial tooth root. According to the Journal of Dental Implantology, implants are the best option for tooth replacement. Implants are often seen as a superior option because they’re as close to real teeth as you can get. They are secured into your bone so they look and feel like a real tooth. They are incredibly strong, so they can withstand most regular biting and chewing. They’re also the longest lasting option. With proper care an implant can last over 15 years.
How Implants Work
Implants are installed by putting a screw-like mechanism, or anchor, into your jawbone. Your natural bone will actually mold around the anchor which provides a very sturdy base for a crown, the crown is what actually looks like a tooth. Patients should anticipate anywhere from 3 – 6 months for the anchor to heal and bone to grow around it. Once the healing is complete you can be fitted for a proper crown which will be affixed to the anchor.
Dental Implant Care
Implants require the exact same care as your other teeth. You will need to brush and floss regularly and visit your dentist every six months for a cleaning. An antibacterial mouthwash is also highly recommended.