If you’ve lost teeth, we recommend scheduling a dental implant consultation with our oral surgeon as soon as possible. Waiting too long to replace lost teeth can affect your candidacy for implant dentistry.
Tooth Loss and Your Health
Losing teeth affects far more than your appearance. Without your teeth, you will encounter difficulty eating and speaking. You will also lose bone mass in your jaw, and unsupported teeth can collapse into empty tooth sockets.
It’s not uncommon for those with tooth loss to suffer with facial pain, TMJ disorder symptoms, and malnutrition. These reasons are why it’s important for people with missing teeth to seek treatment as soon as possible.
How Dental Implants Work
Dental implants are prosthetics used to replace the roots of teeth. Shaped like a screw and made from titanium, dental implants are embedded directly into the jaw. They are used to hold restorations like crowns and prosthetics such as bridges or dentures.
Over time, bone will fuse to the titanium structure of an implant. This gives patients a lifelike tooth replacement that can stand up to the biting forces associated with oral function. Restorations and prosthetics supported by dental implants will not move or slide during meals or when speaking.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Implants are the most tooth-like option for replacing missing teeth. They also support oral health by preserving bone mass and keeping adjacent teeth in their proper positions. Patients with dental implants can have well-rounded diets including tough and chewy foods such as bagels or steak.
When tooth-colored materials like porcelain are chosen for restorations and prosthetics, people with dental implants enjoy a beautiful smile with no visible signs of tooth loss.
If you have questions about implant dentistry, call our practice to schedule a tooth replacement consultation with our oral surgeon.