When you have lost a tooth, then a dental implant could offer a long-lasting and lifelike replacement tooth. By addressing the gap with a prosthetic, you can avoid major complications with the health, beauty, and function of your smile. In today’s blog, your Rochester, MN, dentist talks about the benefits of dental implants and crowns.
The Impact of One Lost Tooth
Even a single missing tooth could lead to issues with your smile’s health and stability. The body will respond to this missing root by suspending the flow of calcium and phosphates to the area surrounding it, causing the jaw to lose mass and density. What follows is further tooth loss and eventually, prematurely aged appearance. The gap could also cause misalignment, and issues related to jaw joint strain such as TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding). Not to mention the impact on your overall smile beauty. Which is why we urge people with even one lost tooth to consider dental implants.
Individual Dental Implants and Crowns
Our team will begin by taking detailed digital images to assess the cause of your tooth loss and identify the best position and angle to insert the dental implant post. The post is made from biocompatible titanium, and the body will accept it as a natural root. Which means once we surgically insert it, the post will bond with the jawbone and could last for decades to come, possibly a lifetime with proper care and attention. When the post is secured and bonded with the jaw, we can add an abutment that extends above the gum line. Our team then attaches a custom crown to the abutment, which not only looks natural and blends with the tooth, but provides a durable chewing surface as well.
Protecting Your Smile
Once your new post is in place, routine care could protect both it and your remaining natural teeth from the onset of tooth decay, infection, or gum disease. Which is why we urge you to see us every six months for a checkup and cleaning visit, so we can insert your oral health and offer treatment as needed. In addition, we can discuss proper brushing and flossing habits to protect your smile on a daily basis.
If you have any questions about tooth loss or about implant dentistry, then contact our team today to learn more.
TALK TO YOUR ROCHESTER, MN DENTIST ABOUT IMPLANT DENTISTRY
Our team wants to help fill the gaps in your smile with replacement options, so you can avoid the onset of tooth loss-related complications. If you would like to find out more about treating your tooth loss, or if you wish to book an appointment at our location, call Greenview Cosmetic And Family Dentistry in Rochester, MN at (507) 281-3659.