A missing tooth can not only adversely affect your dental health, but your confidence level as well. With dental implants, the inability to eat or speak comfortably and smile proud is a thing of the past. Implant-supported restorations are an excellent alternative to dentures or bridges as they look and feel like natural teeth and can last for several years.
The Dentist will implant a titanium post into the jawbone, allowing it to bond to the bone within two to six months. After it has bonded, a crown is fabricated to fit on top of the implant post and a new tooth is made to match your surrounding teeth. Besides replacing missing teeth, implants can also be used to support dentures, allowing them to function much more like your natural teeth.
You and your dentist may determine that you need a tooth extraction for any number of reasons. Some teeth are extracted because they are severely decayed; others may have advanced periodontal disease, or have broken in a way that cannot be repaired. Other teeth may need removal because they are poorly positioned in the mouth (such as impacted teeth), or in preparation for orthodontic treatment.