Leaving a missing tooth space empty may not sound too serious, but the consequences of not filling in the space from the missing tooth can be severe in a number of ways. The adjacent and opposing teeth to the space can change position to fill the gap. Another possible consequence is the jawbone shrinking from the missing tooth, causing the face to look older without the proper bone to support it. A missing tooth can also affect your smile and confidence.
For many people, a dental implant is a great solution to replace missing teeth. A dental implant takes the place of the tooth’s root and helps prevent the above problems. A crown or bridge can then be secured to the dental implant, providing a solution that is both functional and esthetic.
Dental implants can also be used to secure both complete and partial dentures. Implants can eliminate the need for denture adhesives or metal clasps, which might mean a new level of comfort and ease in your life. Implant supported dentures can help restore the function your dentures were intended to have.