Teeth may need to be extracted for a variety of reasons. With the exception of third molars (wisdom teeth), most other teeth that are removed will be greatly missed. The option that restores the ability to eat all the foods you love, speak and smile with self-confidence is dental implants.
When one or more teeth are removed, the patient is faced with multiple concerns. Tooth loss results in bone atrophy that produces shrinking gum tissue. Remaining teeth will drift toward open spaces creating a malocclusion, a condition where the upper teeth are not properly aligned with the lower teeth.
But possibly the biggest concern comes from the change in appearance. Bone loss can alter the jaw resulting in a shriveled look, but missing teeth may have their biggest impact on your smile. Since a toothless smile generally connotes a negative impression, replacing teeth with some type of cosmetic enhancement is important to your self-esteem.
A consultation with your dentist to discuss dental implants may be the most important appointment you can keep. Dental implants offer the optimum solution for all issues emanating from tooth loss.
Aesthetics – Replacing one or several missing teeth will restore your smile with a natural, lifelike prosthetic that so closely matches surrounding teeth, you won’t be able to determine real from replacement teeth.
Bone loss – A dental implant is surgically placed in the gum tissue where a tooth is missing. The implant is designed to fuse to existing bone, and in many cases will actually enhance bone strength. While the implant is allowed to heal, this little piece of titanium will integrate into the jaw stopping bone loss from advancing.
Final restoration – The dentist will fabricate the final covering for one or more missing teeth. The color and shape are designed to coordinate with surrounding teeth, but more importantly when the restoration is cemented in place, a normal diet without restrictions can be resumed that was not possible with missing teeth. There is no slippage or danger of movement.
Caring for your implants requires the same vigilant attention you would provide your natural teeth. Flossing daily and brushing a minimum of twice per day coupled with visits with your dental provider every six months for a thorough cleaning and exam should provide a lifetime of comfortable eating, easy speaking and brilliant smiles.
Contact the office of Dr. Daniel C. Bush today for more information about dental implants.