Your face and your smile are your greeting cards.
You do all you can to preserve your adult teeth. You brush, floss, and ensure you do your regular cleanings. But sometimes, unforeseen things happen. An accident, an illness, rambunctious gameplay, and you now have space where a tooth used to be.
Should you delay filling in the gap?
Teeth are more than cosmetic fixtures that aid in a beautiful smile. Your teeth all work together to help you speak and chew, and are key to your oral health. Losing a tooth or teeth can cause the remaining teeth to shift into the new space. This can make cleaning challenging, leading to the formation of plaque that can result in tooth decay and gum disease. The shifting of your teeth can also lead to jaw pain and bite problems that can trigger headaches.
The act of applying pressure while chewing stimulates bone growth in your jaw. When a tooth or teeth go missing, this causes your jaw to shrink, changing the shape of your face. This shrinking of your jawbone also makes it unstable to support the remaining teeth and can lead to further tooth loss.
What is your best option for restoring your smile?
If you have missing teeth, dental implants may be the best choice for filling in the gap. Implants provide a permanent solution, most similar to your natural teeth. Dental implants are posts that are surgically placed in your jaw. The posts are made from titanium, a biocompatible material. An implant bond with your bone to create a sturdy anchor on which an artificial crown is placed. Artificial crowns are customized to match the look and feel of your natural teeth.
Implants can be used to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth and can even be used to support a full set of dentures.
Dental implants are durable and permanent once they are properly cared for, and there are no serious accidents. They do not need to be removed for cleaning or need to be replaced every few years. In fact, they require no greater care than regular teeth—that is, practicing good oral hygiene, doing regular cleanings, and dental check-ups.
Unlike dentures that may shift around and cause discomfort, implants are rooted similarly to your natural teeth. With implants, there are no changes in the way you speak, as have been reported by denture wearers, and no need to adjust to a foreign object in your mouth.
Implants mimic your entire tooth structure from root to crown. Implants do not need to be affixed to other teeth, not like bridges, which involve cementing a frame to healthy teeth. The enamel of any tooth used as support for a bridge is filed and covered with a crown. The more teeth being replaced, the more healthy teeth are needed to support the bridge. This can sometimes result in the decay of formerly healthy teeth under the crown. Most times, bridges will also have to be replaced after about five years.
If you wish to have missing teeth replaced by dental implants, contact us at Fremaux Dental Care.
Dental implants require careful assessment of the bone density of your jaw to make sure they can adequately support the implanted tooth. Otherwise, additional procedures may be necessary to facilitate an implant.
At Fremaux Dental Care, our team will assess if you are an ideal candidate for dental implants, and if you are, we will provide a guide to help you understand the process.