When you lose your natural teeth, this can impact the overall health and function of your smile. To prevent major complications with your smile’s stability, as well as how you eat and speak, you need tooth replacement. In today’s blog, your Rochester, MN, dentist talks about regaining bite function with dental implants.
How Tooth Loss Impacts Bite Function
When we lose teeth, this has a negative effect on the function and health of our smile. The nearby teeth can drift due to the sudden gap in your smile, causing dental misalignment. You could find it difficult to eat your favorite meals, or solid foods in general, and you may have issues speaking clearly too. The aesthetic aspect could leave you feeling embarrassed and impact your overall quality of life. But the most severe complication is the loss of mass and density in the jaw, which occurs as the body stops sending calcium and phosphates to your jawbone. Without these nutrients, the bone in the jaw breaks down, which means further tooth loss and for some, a prematurely aged appearance.
Inserting Your Implant Posts
Dental implant posts are made from titanium, which is biocompatible and accepted by the body as natural root structure. Which means once we guide these into your jaw with digital technology, the body will accept them and resume the flow of calcium and phosphates to the jaw. This prevents the breakdown from occurring, preserving your youthful features and overall bite function. We can insert one to address a single missing tooth, or employ several to support a denture or bridge.
Restoring Your New Teeth
Once we insert your post into your jaw, they will bond through a process known as osseointegration. They act as new roots. We then add an abutment to them that extends above the gum line. For an individual one, we will attach a custom crown to offer a lifelike appearance and a durable chewing surface. For multiple missing teeth, we can connect a bridge or even a complete set of fixed dentures. Whether you have minor or severe tooth loss, we’re ready to restore your smile to optimal function, health, and beauty.
If you have any questions about implant dentistry, or about addressing the gaps in your smile, let us know. You’re never too late to enjoy a complete smile again, one that looks and functions like a natural one.
TALK TO YOUR ROCHESTER, MN DENTIST ABOUT IMPLANT PLACEMENT
Our team is ready to help you support a new smile again! If you would like to find out more about addressing 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.