While traditional bridges and dentures need to be replaced every five to ten years, we could offer a tooth replacement option that lasts for decades to come! Dental implants look and function like natural teeth. In today’s blog, your Rochester, MN, dentist talks about how we address minor to severe tooth loss with implant dentistry.
The Reasons to Replace Missing Teeth
When you have lost natural teeth, this could lead to a cascade of serious complications. For example, you could be limited in the kinds of food you eat, and even speaking clearly could be difficult. The gaps in your smile could allow misalignment to occur, which not only changes your smile’s appearance, but increases the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. The changes to your bite’s balance from poor alignment could also lead to complications like TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding). But the most severe complication is the loss of mass and density in your jaw, which happens once the body stops sending doses of calcium and phosphates to the jawbone around the missing roots. This breakdown in your jaw could mean further tooth loss and a prematurely aged appearance! But by using dental implants to replace missing teeth, you can help preserve your smile and prevent these complications.
Inserting Dental Implants
Our team will gather detailed digital images of the smile with x-rays and intraoral cameras, so we can plan the best position and angle to insert your dental implant. An oral surgeon will insert the posts into the jawbone, where it bonds with the bone tissue through a process known as osseointegration. Once this occurs, the post acts as a new root. This stimulates the growth of the jawbone to prevent the loss of mass and density, so your new tooth can last for decades to come, maybe even a lifetime. We can insert one or several, depending on the extent of your tooth loss.
Restoring Your New Teeth
We then restore the tooth with a crown for individual ones, or bridges and dentures for multiple posts. We can address your missing teeth and help return function, health, and beauty to your smile again. If you have any questions about how we treat missing teeth, then contact our team today to learn more. We want to help you obtain a full smile in 2023!
TALK TO YOUR ROCHESTER, MN DENTIST ABOUT ADDRESSING MISSING TEETH
We want to help you find a long-lasting solution for your lost teeth using implant dentistry. If you would like to learn more about treating your missing teeth, or if you wish to book an appointment at our location, call Greenview Cosmetic And Family Dentistry in Rochester, MN at (507) 281-3659.