All is not Lost: Dental Implants
Whether due to cavities, gum disease, or injury, our teeth may need to be removed before their time. Many people make the mistake of assuming that it is not necessary to replace a missing tooth since they still have other teeth to eat with.
Losing even just one tooth leads to damage that you won’t see or feel until it’s too late. One missing tooth can trigger a domino effect that will eventually cause dental collapse and the needless loss of other teeth. The lips, cheek, tongue, gums and other teeth work together to support and keep teeth in position. When even one tooth is removed, this delicate balance is lost and teeth begin to lose contact with one another as teeth above move down and out of alignment, and adjacent teeth begin to drift into the empty space.
All of this causes additional stress on the dentition and a serious change in your bite even though you may not be aware of it. Remaining teeth are now left with the increase risk of tooth decay, gum disease, breakage, sinus and facial bone collapse, and bone loss.
This is the result of one missing tooth. Imagine what several missing teeth can do.
However, all may not be loss! The best solution for replacing the loss of a natural tooth and for helping to maintain the healthy position of any surrounding or opposing teeth is with a dental implant. Dental implant technology has come a long way in 50 years. It is simply amazing how many of the earliest implants are still being enjoyed by patients. Today’s dental implants are state of the art and they are literally changing the way people live!
Unlike the root of a tooth, implants fuse to the bone often making them more stable than a natural tooth’s root. Not only do they replace missing teeth, but they look, feel and function like natural teeth. And because dental implants are so natural-looking and feeling, you may forget that you ever lost a tooth!
Do You Wear Dentures?
Even if you are currently a denture wearer, you can still regain the ability and confidence to eat and smile again with implants which are placed to help anchor and stabilize dentures!
So, whether lost teeth are a new situation for you or something you have lived with for years, dental implants are the closest thing to natural teeth. At Your Smile Dental Care you will experience all that modern dentistry has to offer, including dental implants. Our goal is to provide our patients with the information they need to make informed decisions about their oral care so that they can achieve and maintain long term dental health and a beautiful smile.
The non-graphic video below will provide you with a closer look at how Dental Implants are placed. We encourage you to browse through our website and contact us if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment.