How does tooth loss occur?
Our attempts to slow down tooth decay by brushing, flossing, and rinsing at times may prove futile. Harmful bacteria attack the enamel making it sometimes impossible to restore the tooth, even with a root canal or dental crown. Hence, the only resort would be to extract the tooth.
Tooth loss may also result from playing contact sports – rugby, football, or ice hockey, where receiving a blow to the mouth may dislodge a tooth completely. Car accidents can also lead to tooth loss. Whatever the cause of tooth loss, dental implants are usually deemed as the best solution by many dentists.
What are dental implants?
A complete tooth consists of the visible part of the tooth (crown) and the component lying underneath the jawline (root). The implant is a cylindrical structure built from titanium, a name synonymous with strength and stability. The implant is inserted into the empty tooth socket by making a cut in the jaw area nearby. Your dentist will first check to make sure that you have sufficient bone density in your mouth to make the implant procedure a viable option. This is because the implant has to fuse with the jawbone to serve its role. If there is not enough bone density, there is no purpose in implant treatment as it cannot be sustained.
How long do implants last?
Based on recent dental records, implants are known to last longer than a decade if properly cared for. An implant works and feels just like a natural tooth. It will help you in chewing food and in speech. However, it is not invincible just like a natural tooth. Hence, you need to care for it by regular brushing and flossing.