The concept of joint replacement is similar to that of dental implants. A knee replacement, for example, surgically replaces damaged parts of the knee with plastic and metal parts. Left untreated, a damaged knee continues to cause pain, restricts mobility and potentially leads to adverse consequences, such as injury.
The same is true for a missing tooth or teeth. There may be pain, and your ability to speak, eat and smile can be restricted, holding you back from fully enjoying life.
Anxiety and depression have been linked to missing teeth, but there’s a solution. Research shows replacing missing teeth with implants or dentures increases the patient’s oral health and overall quality of life. If you are ready to feel confident in your smile, eat your favorite foods, and enjoy life to the fullest — read on!
When you get a dental implant, the part that is surgically placed is the artificial tooth root. The tooth root serves as the foundation for the crown. The benefit of the artificial root (as opposed to a partial, where only the crown is replaced) is the ability for the jawbone to regenerate and fuse to the titanium post. Bone loss is a significant issue for people with missing teeth — without an implant, the bone can deteriorate and atrophy, causing ‘sunken face’. If you have a broken or cracked implant or it has been over 10 years and you are looking for a replacement, Drs. Diehl and Weber offer implant restoration.