Tooth extractionis sometimes unavoidable. However, it is advisable to consultfilling the space after the missing tooth with a dentistas soon as possible.
The later it is done, the harder and longer the whole process will become. The lack of even one tooth may haveserious medical consequences:gums losetheir support and begin to recede. Adjacent teeth move towards the space and incline, forminggaps between the remaining teeth. Over the years, the bone in the place of the missing tooth gradually disappears, and the neighboring ones develop gingival and periodontal problems. With larger dental deficiencies, the appearance of our face also changes: our mouth collapses and so does face profile. To sum up, the replacement of missing teeth must be done as soon as possible.
Implants, also known as artificial tooth roots, are currently recognized by dentists as the best method to replace missing teeth, especially recommended in the case of extraction of one or two teeth. An implant takes the form of a metal or ceramic screw inserted into the bone. Over time, it fuses with the bone, and after a period of healing, a connector is inserted into the implant. The last stage is crown installation. Crowns are custom-made for individual patients: they are virtually indistinguishable from other teeth. Before the procedure, the dentist orders imaging (X-ray, computed tomography). Based on them, the procedure is planned following the assessment of the quality of bones and the condition of adjacent teeth. In the event of a significant bone defect prior to implant insertion, a procedure is performed to rebuild it. As a result, the implantation process can be extended by several months.
Professionally made implants look like natural teeth and fully fulfill their functions. They are also very durable. They can last a dozen or even several dozen years, provided that the patient regularly comes to control visits.
It is worth noting that the implantation process itself is quite long-lasting -on average 3-6 months.