Let’s face it, once the Tooth Fairy stopped leaving you money it’s all of a sudden not fun to lose teeth. But since life happens, let us know and we’ll guide you through the process. We will work directly with you to evaluate your situation and help you make the decision that works best for you.
Modern dental implants look much more natural than you might imagine, and are practically indistinguishable from natural teeth. In addition to being aesthetically pleasing, they are also fully functional and incredibly durable. Not only can replacing teeth via dental implants instill a sense of confidence, but they can help to prevent other more serious issues from arising.
Your mouth is an entire ecosystem of its own, finely tuned to maintain the environment is was built for. Even one missing tooth can throw things out of alignment and cause shifting of the teeth. this can cause gum recession, leading to infection and increased tooth decay. In addition to these issues, you can also experience problems with your bite, speech, chewing, and a host of other problems. If you have a missing tooth due to extraction or any other cause, consult us right away. We can help you get an implant fitted and installed to ensure that you don’t end up with bigger problems than a single gap.
Dental implants help to bridge the gap left behind by missing teeth by installing an artificial root which will then have the replacement tooth mounted on top of it. Unlike bridges that use adjacent teeth for support and mounting, dental implants replace an individual tooth only. Replacing a tooth with an implant requires a titanium post to be placed in the socket left behind by the extracted tooth. After the healing process is completed, an artificial tooth is then placed on top of the post.
You should know that depending on your circumstances, the process may require more steps. If you have been missing the tooth you want to be replaced for an extended period or have gum disease, deterioration of the bone can occur. Since the post needs ample bone structure to mount, there may be additional steps involved.
Missing teeth can cause atrophy of the jawbone where the tooth once was if left untreated. Much in the same manner as your muscles deteriorate when not in use, your bone will deteriorate without stimulation from the natural mechanical motions of your mouth. This can prevent the viability of dental implants in the future as well, so it is best to act as soon as possible when considering dental implants. Once deterioration has begun, the bone will not regenerate naturally.
Luckily Dr. Yei and his team are well versed in bone grafting. This is the process of promoting regeneration in the bones with grafting agents or transplanting bone from other areas of the body. In many cases, this is a viable option, especially if it is done early before significant shrinkage has occurred. For example, grafting agents can be applied after tooth extractions to help ensure there is adequate bone structure left for an implant down in the future.
While there are certainly more situations where bone grafting is viable, it’s worth noting that some bone loss is irreversible. Many times with advanced gum disease, the damage caused is so significant that it cannot be restored. If you are considering dental implants, it’s best if you act as soon as possible. In the most advanced cases, the entire process can take a significant amount of time spanning several visits. Contact us today to find out more about how your journey may play out.
No matter the reason for your visit, we strive to provide the best care in a comfortable environment. Experience dental care without judgment, and let us lend our expertise in helping you find a course of action that you’re comfortable with. Take the first step towards an enviously perfect smile today.