I’m Missing a Tooth!

March 31, 2015 | Posted in Education

Loss of a tooth can happen for many reasons.  It could be due to an accident, a huge cavity, a cracked tooth, gum disease or failed root canal procedure.  Tooth loss can result in difficulty chewing, esthetic concerns and eventual loss of another tooth. 
 
Replacement of a missing tooth can be done by several options: Bridge, partial denture or a dental implant. Each option has advantages and disadvantages.  Single or multiple teeth can be replaced by dental implants.  The best and longest lasting option would definitely be the dental implant!
 
A dental implant is an artificial root made of titanium.  It is surgically placed into your jawbone beneath the gum tissue.  After months of healing, the implant is secure in the bone and an abutment is attached.  The abutment is a post that connects the crown and the implant.  Your dentist will fit a crown (or a bridge) to fit your missing (tooth or teeth).
 
Are there any reasons someone cannot have implants?  In general, if you are in good health, have healthy gums and enough bone to support an implant; they could be the right choice for you.
 
Talk to your dentist at the Rideau Dental Centre about dental implants.  Call for a consultation at 613-230-7475.