If you have lost a tooth then you may feel a little self-conscious about your appearance. In addition, you may also develop a number of oral health complications related to tooth loss. In order to enjoy a whole and healthy smile again you should discuss our tooth replacement options, such as dental implants. How do dental implants work?
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants
Question: How does tooth loss hurt my smile?
Answer: First, your body immediately takes notice of the missing tooth root. The body responds by suspending the flow of calcium and phosphorus to the jawbone. Without these nutrients the jawbone actually dissolves, leading to further tooth loss and facial collapse. In addition, you may develop misalignment, TMJ disorder, and possibly even bruxism (teeth grinding) as a result of one or more missing teeth.
Question: How are implants placed?
Answer: The implant post is made from biocompatible titanium and inserted directly into the jawbone. The post acts as a new root, preventing loss of jawbone density and securing the new tooth. Later, an abutment is added that holds a restoration in place, completing your new tooth.
Question: How long will they last?
Answer: With proper care and maintenance you can expect your new tooth to last for a lifetime. You should have the dentist examine your smile once every six months with a checkup and cleaning. In addition, you should brush and floss daily.
Question: Will my new tooth look natural?
Answer: Yes. The crown that completes the tooth will be custom-made. In addition, we use ceramic, a lifelike material that is strong and stain-resistant. The tooth will blend seamlessly with your smile. If you have any questions about tooth replacement with dental implants then please contact our office today.