For the past few decades, implants have been regarded as a complex and challenging technique. However, with more advancement in our knowledge of how implants interact with our bodies and development of better materials and techniques, placing an implant has become a lot easier and more affordable, which is great news for patients. For most patients, implants are the best and most conservative treatment option to replace missing teeth, so we highly recommend it.
When a tooth or several teeth are missing, it is important to replace them as soon as possible because teeth tend to move around without opposing or adjacent forces to keep them stable and locked into their positions. So if an upper tooth is missing, for example, the tooth directly below it that used to come together with the missing upper tooth will tend to move upwards until it meets some kind of opposing force. This means that this tooth will start to sit higher than your other lower teeth. Also, the teeth that used to be next to the missing tooth can shift to the side toward the missing tooth area, causing gaps and misalignment.
Although it has become easier to place implants, it is still a major procedure and may require additional surgical procedures prior to placement. This may lengthen the amount of time it takes to get the implant crown placed. We will discuss with you the timeline and procedures that will be involved to replace your missing tooth/teeth.