Dental implants are used to solve a number of dental issues. Most commonly, they are used to fill gaps due to missing teeth (because the adjacent teeth will try to move into the gap – causing eating issues, or crooked teeth). Also if a tooth has to come out due to a fracture or accident, a dental implant can be planned to replace it.
The relationship of teeth, gums, nerves and bone are a complex mix.And its all these elements that decide if a dental implant is right for you. Your teeth are surrounded by what is known as alveolar bone, as you chew, move your jaw, and so on, the roots of your teeth naturally stimulate this bone. The root of a missing tooth is no longer there to stimulate the alveolar bone and the bone will begin to degenerate as a result. Dental implants correct this by imitating the root of a normal tooth. They become part of the jawbone through a process known as osseointegration, which stimulates bone formation.