When you lose a natural tooth, or several, we can offer tooth replacement that not only looks natural, but lasts for decades to come. Dental implants will look and function like natural teeth. In today’s blog, your Rochester, MN, dentist talks about the process of placing and restoring your new dental implants.
The Impact of Your Missing Teeth
When you lose your natural teeth, this could lead to several issues with the health and function of your smile. For example, the loss of even one tooth means the body will no longer send doses of calcium and phosphorus to the surrounding bone tissue around the lost root. Without these nutrients, the bone tissue breaks down to cause additional tooth loss and eventually, an aged appearance. You could also develop imbalance on your bite that causes TMJ disorder and bruxism, and misalignment could occur as well, further harming the health and appearance of your smile. Which is why replacing your missing teeth with dental implants can be so beneficial for your smile.
Inserting and Restoring Dental Implants
Dental implants are small screw-like posts made from titanium, which is biocompatible and accepted by the body as natural root structure. We insert them at specific angles and positions into the jaw so they can act as new roots and bond with the jaw. This prevents the bone structure from losing mass and density, so you protect your natural teeth and your new ones can last for decades to come, possibly a lifetime. When the placement area heals, our team will add an abutment to the posts so we can attach the restoration, the part people see when you smile. This crown is custom-made to offer a lifelike appearance and a durable chewing surface. If you have more advanced tooth loss, we could use several posts to secure a bridge or even a complete set of fixed dentures.
Protecting Your Smile
Once you have new teeth in place, you can help both them and your natural ones last with good oral hygiene habits. Continue to brush and floss daily, including around your new teeth, to remove the particles of foods and drinks that could feed harmful oral bacteria. See our team for a checkup and cleaning too, so we can monitor your new teeth and also remove the plaque buildup that could lead to factors like tooth decay and gum disease.
TALK TO YOUR ROCHESTER, MN DENTIST ABOUT IMPLANT DENTISTRY
A full smile is possible, whether you’ve lost one or all of your teeth! If you would like to find out more about replacing 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.