There are many causes for teeth to be removed. These can range from disease, trauma to congenitally missing teeth. In any event, the technology exists for the replacement of missing teeth that closely resemble natural teeth in both their appearance and function.
Some people are born missing some teeth. These “congenitally” missing teeth can be replaced at adulthood when the jaw has completed its growth. It is not uncommon for “baby teeth” to last into early adult hood without falling out.
Unfortunately it is very uncommon for these teeth to last a lifetime due to several factors including decay, breakage, root resorption and intrusion into the jaw. If a person is diagnosed with not having an adult tooth to erupt in the baby tooth’s place, it may be practical to start planning implant placement for the future.
Some people may have had all of their teeth removed many years ago as this was not an unusual practice even as recently as 35 years ago. Unfortunately over time, the missing teeth in their jaw will allow serious bone resorption by the body and allow the whole face to collapse.
There is little to hold up the dentures and these people generally have a very poor quality of life. It is often not thought of when choosing the option of a denture that in the near future diet and lifestyle will need to be significantly changed due to the inability to chew certain foods, speech changes and needing to remove dentures at night.
Implants are therefore a way of improving the appearance and function back to how nature intended.