Dental implants are used to replace congenitally missing teeth. Left untreated, patients may also have periodontal issues, malocclusion and reduced chewing ability.
I once had a patient who was a 25-year-old female. Although the patient was very attractive, it turns out that she had not formed her upper lateral incisor teeth at birth. We call these congenitally missing teeth or hypodontia because she did not lose them. They just never formed.
This condition, which often results in an unfavorable appearance, is common and required, in the past, very costly treatment. Left untreated, patients may also suffer from periodontal damage, malocclusion, reduced chewing ability, insufficient alveolar bone growth, and other conditions.
When my patient smiled, she showed lots of her teeth, and we wanted to give her a very natural looking result with dental implants, something that cannot always be attained using conventional fixed bridgework.
After she had orthodontic treatment to straighten and align her teeth, two dental implants were placed. Three months later the implants were restored by her general dentist as single crowns. The result looked so natural that it will be difficult to tell which teeth are implants and which are her natural teeth. So, what we were able to give her were permanent tooth replacements, something that could not be achieved without dental implants.
The simplest way to think of dental implants is replacement tooth roots. Implants provide the foundation for both permanent and removable replacement teeth that are fashioned to match your natural smile.
That is a very crucial point in dental implant treatment. It is not just the matter of replacing a tooth with an implant but also being able to mimic nature and having a result that is esthetically natural-looking.
Dr. Leonard Spector