You’ve lost a tooth. It’s definitely not a good thing, but this is a solvable problem. You can find your solution by visiting our doctors at EPIC Dental Implant Center. Schedule a free consultation to discover the ways we could help you.
Call 480-235-4752 to make your appointment.
Do Nothing Or Do Things The Old Way?
You always have the option of living without your lost tooth. Depending on where the gap is in your smile, you may find this changes how you pronounce certain words. They can seem like a small issue, but if you don’t replace your missing tooth, bigger concerns can arise.
First, your missing tooth can affect the health of your jaw in that part of your mouth. In 12 months, you could lose up to 25 percent of the bone density in that part of your jaw. This also increases your likelihood of losing more teeth.
Second, the gaps in your smile can lead to movement by the rest of your teeth. The pressures created by biting and chewing are mostly offset when you have a full set of teeth, which generally keep each in other in the same positions. With that gap, nearby teeth can “drift” into the open space. This can change your smile and affect how well you can bite and chew.
The old fix for this situation is getting a dental bridge. This starts by grinding down the teeth on either side of the gap in your smile. This is so those teeth can provide support for your bridge, which will close the opening between your teeth.
This gives you a full smile again. It also allows you to eat and speak normally, but it doesn’t do anything to replace the root of your missing tooth. That means bone loss can still occur, which again can allow bone loss over time.
A Stronger Solution
Modern dental implants have been around since the 1960s. The provided a major breakthrough in what was possible in restorative dentistry. With ongoing innovations and improvements, implants are better than ever today.
By placing an implant in your jaw, you replace the root. The root will bond to the implant, which gives you a secure foundation to support a crown. In most cases, you don’t need to do anything to the healthy teeth you still have.
The crown and implant combination gives you an artificial tooth that is the closest thing to growing a new one that you can get.
When you have your replacement tooth, you address all the problems that a missing tooth can cause. The gap is closed, so you can smile and speak normally, and you don’t have to worry about Your tooth is strong, so you can continue eating what you want.
Last, but not least, your implant provides stimulation to your jawbone. This encourages new bone growth, so you don’t experience bone loss in your jaw.