If you are missing one or more teeth due to disease or trauma, you may have been putting off doing something about it—especially if it is in an area that is not visible when you smile. Unfortunately, a missing tooth is much bigger than a cosmetic issue and here is why you should do something about it. Fortunately, dental implants are an option that is available for just this situation.
- Prevents Bone Loss: Your teeth attach to your jaw through a special type of bone known as alveolar bone. Alveolar bone is thicker when it has regular pressure on it but dissolves when it doesn’t. When a tooth is missing, there is no longer impact on that area when you are chewing so the underlying alveolar bone melts away. This bone loss alters not only the alignment of your teeth but also the external appearance of your jawline.
- Promotes Proper Chewing: Whether you realize it or not, you modify how you bite down when you are chewing to compensate for a missing tooth. This can lead to cracked teeth, alignment issues and even cause headaches and jaw pain.
- It Improves Your Appearance: By replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant, you will restore the look of your smile and not want to hide it. This improves your confidence in both your personal and business life.
Dental implants are a great alternative to bridges because they look and act just like your real teeth. It is not necessary to damage the adjacent teeth to apply one and it is a more permanent solution for tooth replacement. Once completed, you will be able to chew and smile just as you did before you lost your tooth.
Receiving dental implants is a very technical process, and it should not be trusted to anyone except a board-certified periodontist. This ensures that you will have the best possible outcome as well as have any underlying periodontal issues treated that caused the tooth loss in the first place. At Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants, we have successfully performed so many implant procedures that we’ve added it to our name. Only trust your smile to a specialist. Schedule your appointment today!