When we lose our teeth, this could lead to major changes to the shape and stability of your jaw, and even to further tooth loss. But with the placement of dental implants, you can preserve your smile and address the missing spaces in your smile. In today’s blog, your Rochester, MN, dentist explains how dental implants help you regain your smile.
The Loss of Your Natural Teeth
Let’s talk about tooth loss. We could lose our teeth in the teen years and adulthood due to problems like injury, untreated tooth decay and infection, or in most cases, periodontitis, the advanced stage of gum disease. When this happens, we have a gap in our smile. This could cause embarrassment, but also cause the remaining teeth to shift, creating misalignment linked to issues like tooth decay and gum disease. In addition, the stress on your jaw from missing teeth could lead to TMJ disorder and bruxism as well. You could develop issues eating and even problems speaking clearly. But the most severe complication involves your jawbone. The body will stop sending key nutrients to the jaw around the missing root, and without them the bone tissue breaks down, causing further tooth loss and an older appearance! But by placing dental implants, we can protect the health, function, and stability of your smile.
The Dental Implant Different
Dental implants are not like bridges and removable dentures, they’re not held in place with crowns, clasps, or suction. Instead, a biocompatible titanium post that looks like a small screw is inserted into the jaw. We guide this in position to secure it and stimulate the growth of jawbone structure and last for decades to come. The jaw accepts the post as natural root structure, which preserves your youthful features and prevents further tooth loss. Once the placement area heals, we will attach an abutment to the post and that can secure a restoration, completing your new root. They can then last for years to come, acting and looking like natural teeth.
Addressing Minor and Advanced Tooth Loss
Our team could use them to address a single missing tooth, or to support multiple missing teeth, securing a bridge or even a set of dentures firmly in place. If you have any questions about dental implants, then contact our team today to learn more.
TALK TO YOUR ROCHESTER, MN DENTIST ABOUT REPLACING LOST TEETH
If you have gaps in your smile due to tooth loss, we can help preserve and restore your smile. If you would like to find out more about addressing the unsightly gaps in your smile, or if you wish to book an appointment at our location, call Greenview Cosmetic And Family Dentistry in Rochester, MN at (507) 281-3659.