If you’ve lived with one or more missing teeth, you understand the implications it can have on your daily life. Chewing and eating the foods you normally enjoy becomes more challenging, which causes your diet and nutrition to suffer. Laughing, talking and smiling in front of others may feel embarrassing, which impacts your confidence. Dr. Janet Tamo has a solution for you! Here’s more information about dental implants at 1881.
Missing Teeth Affect Oral Health
Did you know that your missing tooth is also affecting your oral health? Without a replacement, your bone will begin to dissolve, or resorb when your root is missing. This puts you at risk for gum disease and more tooth loss due to lack of bone support.
Without a new tooth, your healthy teeth will begin to shift into the open space left by your missing tooth. This can cause bite misalignment, leading to joint issues such as TMJ. It also puts your teeth at risk for fractures or other damage.
What is a Dental Implant?
One of the best options you can choose for replacing your tooth is a dental implant. This is because they replace both your tooth and your root, which protects the integrity of your oral health. A titanium post is surgically placed into your bone to replace your root. Titanium is biocompatible and will easily integrate with your bone in order to create a firm foundation for your new tooth, which is a porcelain crown.
Our team will customize your new crown to match your existing teeth and naturally complete your smile, so no one will ever know you were missing a tooth. Your implant will function just like your natural tooth, so you’ll be able to eat, brush, floss, and chew like you used to. With excellent home care and regular dental check ups, your new tooth can potentially last for a lifetime.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Dr. Tamo can determine if dental implants are right for you with a thorough examination and x-rays. Implants do require a few factors to ensure they’re successful such as:
- The patient is in good overall health
- There is enough healthy bone structure to support the implant
- The patient in not a smoker
Dental implants work well for most patients, however if they’re not in your future, we are happy to discuss other replacement options with you. Don’t let missing teeth hold you back from living the life you deserve any longer! Contact our office today to learn more about your options.