If you are missing a tooth, it can be embarrassing. Not only can it lower your self-esteem, but it can also cause others to make unfair judgments about you. You might have trouble chewing and feel self-conscious about laughing or speaking around others. People who are missing a tooth often avoid their favorite healthy foods because chewing is more difficult. This can have an impact on your overall health.
Missing teeth can also lead to the degeneration of your jawbone, causing your remaining teeth to shift. Once teeth are out of alignment, your bite is compromised, which can cause uneven tooth wear and difficulty biting down. This can also lead to more tooth loss.
Call Dr. Lee Martin to find out about the gold standard of tooth replacement: dental implants. This permanent tooth replacement option looks and functions very much like your natural tooth. Sturdy and durable, dental implants can last a lifetime—restoring your ability to eat your favorite foods and smile with confidence.
The Problem with Missing Teeth
Any time you lose a tooth, you should consider replacing it. Even if you’ve lost a tooth at the very back of your mouth, which isn’t easily visible, other problems can occur. Adjacent teeth can begin to shift, going along with the body’s natural tendency to fill in the space left by a missing tooth. Eventually, other teeth in your mouth will begin to shift as well, impacting the alignment of your bite.
A missing tooth also means there is no tooth root to keep stimulating the bone. Once this happens, the body is no longer sending nutrients to the area, resulting in bone loss. If you are missing multiple teeth, the shape of your face can also start to change as you develop a sunken-in look because of the shrinking bone.
What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant takes the place of your tooth root. Made of biocompatible titanium metal, the dental implant post is surgically placed into the jawbone. Over a period of about three to six months, the implant integrates into the jawbone through a process called osseointegration. This creates a stable foundation for a tooth replacement in the form of a porcelain crown. The result is a tooth that looks natural and functions much like your natural tooth.
Dental implants can also be used to support other dental prosthetics, such as bridges and dentures, which combines their affordability with the stability of dental implants. This takes care of the most common complaint we hear from those who wear dentures because even the best-fitting dentures can still move and slip.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
The best way to find out if dental implants might be right for you is to come in and let Dr. Martin perform a thorough examination. That, along with x-rays, will help determine whether your jawbone is healthy enough to support dental implants.
If you decide to move ahead with dental implants, Dr. Martin will refer you to a top oral surgeon in the area who will place your implants. Although the idea of surgery might make some people anxious, implant surgery is generally well-tolerated, and most patients recover quite quickly with little pain or discomfort afterward.
Dr. Martin will monitor your progress as the implants heal, eventually placing the crowns that will complete your new teeth.
Contact our Garden City, GA dental office today to schedule your consultation to learn more about the benefits of dental implants.