The bite is a term used to describe the relationship between your top and bottom sets of teeth. When your jaw is closed and relaxed, your upper and lower arches should fit together with the top set of teeth protruding slightly over the top of the bottom teeth. If you have missing teeth, this affects your bite. One popular treatment for missing teeth is dental implants.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are small titanium posts, which are attached to prosthetic restorations to replace a missing tooth. The implant acts as the tooth root and the crown, bridge or denture replaces the visible section of the tooth.
Implants are placed in sockets in the jaw bone and they integrate into the bone tissue through a process called osseointegration, which takes several weeks.
Benefits of dental implants
Dental implants are the closest thing out there to natural teeth. Once the implant is in place and the new restoration has been attached, the new tooth will offer all the functionality of a strong natural tooth and it will also look like a normal healthy tooth.
Implants enable you to speak clearly, eat properly and enjoy a confident and attractive smile and they also restore your bite and provide support for your cheeks and lips for an improved facial aesthetic.
Alternative options to dental implant treatment include dentures and dental bridges. Dental implants can replace any number of lost teeth and they are designed to last a lifetime.