By: Dr. Christopher Lim
Posted on: August 27, 2019
Tooth loss is something we only expect to experience once in our lifetime. After permanent teeth grow in, they should be . . . permanent. Research shows that more than thirty percent of adults will experience the loss of a permanent tooth by their mid-forties. The older we get, the higher our likelihood of tooth loss grows. Fortunately, the methods through which tooth loss is handled have evolved a great deal over the past several decades.
Historically, tooth replacement has been designed to replace missing tooth structure. A suitable goal in theory, the practicality of tooth replacement left much to be desired, especially when several teeth required replacement. Denture wearers can relate to the disadvantages of tooth replacement without any attention given to the overall stability of teeth. Over the course of several decades, dental science has advanced to a point at which we are now able to replace not only missing teeth but also the roots that support them.
Like no other form of tooth replacement, the dental implant procedure aims to replicate the natural oral anatomy through the replacement of missing roots. An implant is essentially an artificial root. In a simple procedure under local anesthetic, the implant, a tiny post, is inserted into the jawbone. Over a few months, bone tissue will naturally fuse to this post, making it a permanent part of the oral structure. Once the implant has stabilized, it can be fitted with the proper restoration, such as a crown, bridge, or denture.
There is no way to give a person back his or her natural smile when a permanent tooth has been lost. What is possible, however, is a very high degree of comfort and function. Many people who have had teeth replaced with implants report feeling no noticeable difference in their smile or chewing function. What a difference from unstable, uncomfortable dentures and short-lived bridgework!
One of the friendliest, most compassionate implant dentists in Las Vegas, NV, Dr. Christopher Lim has a way of making his patients feel comfortable throughout their treatment process. Learn more about dental implant treatment at Hillside Dental by calling (702) 666-8584.