Several cases of extracted or missing teeth are shown below. Implants are used to fill the empty space left after tooth extraction.
After the tooth extraction, the nearby teeth slowly shift towards the empty space to fill the gap left by the extracted tooth. This creates small teeth gaps among all remaining teeth. Very small particles of food gets stuck in these gaps. It causes cavities and decay in those teeth after some time. All these effects result in extraction of nearby teeth very soon.
An extracted tooth can be replaced in 3 ways:
A dental implant is an artificial tooth that works like a real tooth. When a natural tooth is extracted, an implant is inserted in the space left by the extracted tooth. It is the best solution for a missing tooth.
An implant is made of two parts: a metal screw and a tooth crown. The metal part of the implant is inserted in the jaw bone. After the implant is inserted in the jaw, a tooth crown is placed on the top of it.
The metal screw is made of Titanium metal. Titanium is the strongest metal. Therefore, the strength of an implant is very high. Implant has a life of 15+ years.
A dental bridge replaces the missing tooth with a fixed fake tooth. A dental bridge is placed in the mouth with the support of two
teeth that are adjacent to the missing tooth. But the 2 adjacent teeth are trimmed to support the fake tooth. So, a dental bridge weakens 2 good teeth to fill space of a missing tooth.
A partial denture replaces a missing tooth with a removable fake tooth. A denture is not recommended as an alternative to an
implant because it does not permanently fill the gap left by a missing tooth and this causes other teeth to fall soon. Read more on effects of missing teeth here.
The cost to replace one missing tooth is:
Cost in USA
Cost outside of USA
Question: Is implant surgery painful?
Answer: No, implant surgery is a completely painless procedure.
Question: Do you use anesthesia to reduce pain?
Answer: Yes, anesthesia is used to numb the mouth. You will be fully awake during the treatment and you will not feel any pain in the mouth.
Question: How many days are required for the complete implant surgery and tooth crown procedure?
Answer: The complete implant surgery and tooth crown procedure takes 2 visits of 4-5 days with a gap of 2 months in between the visits.
Question: How long does an implant last?
Answer: An implant lasts for 15+ years.
Question: What if I do not get an implant?
Answer: If the empty space left by an extracted tooth is not filled by an implant, then it will cause other teeth to fall soon. Please see the effects of a missing tooth on other teeth here.
Question: Is a tooth crown compulsory after inserting an implant?
Answer: Yes, a tooth crown is compulsory after inserting an implant.
Question: Does a tooth after the implant procedure look like a natural tooth?
Answer: Yes, it looks like a natural tooth because the color of tooth crown matches with the color of your other natural teeth.