Losing a tooth can be a devastating experience. For some people, a gapped smile is not a significant blow to their ego, and they may quickly grow accustomed to their smile’s new landscape. Even the most confident smile, however, can suffer from tooth loss, even after you’ve filled the gap with a traditional dental restoration. To help you ensure the continued good health of your smile after tooth loss, Des Moines dentist, Dr. Stephen Burds examines how dental implants can help halt the subsequent destruction.
What Happens After Tooth Loss?
When you lose a tooth, the most noticeable issue to address is the lapse in your smile. Even ancient civilizations like Rome, Greece, and Egypt crafted masterful replacements for lost teeth, and the idea of restoring less-than-whole smiles has continued today. However, we now understand that the complexities of tooth loss go far beyond gaps in your smile.
Your teeth are comprised of more than what meets the eye. Their roots extend below your gum line and into your jawbone, which anchors and nourishes your teeth through these roots. When a tooth is lost, so is its root, and since your jawbone contains one less tooth to support, your body reduces the supply of nutrients to your jaw. Overtime, the reduction can cause your jaw to slowly deteriorate, losing its ability to retain the rest of your teeth and leading to further tooth loss, if not checked.
Implants, Jaw Health, and Tooth Retention
A dental implant is shaped to mimic your tooth’s root and is surgically inserted into your jawbone. The device is crafted from biocompatible titanium and your jawbone fuses to its exterior, effectively anchoring the implant as it does a natural tooth root. After your jaw has healed, the implant can serve as a sturdy foundation for Dr. Burds to attach your dental prosthetic. As a replacement for your tooth root, dental implants can also help prevent the degradation that follows the loss of a tooth root.
Superior Smiles in Des Moines
Replacing the visible part of your tooth to close its now-vacant spot can help prevent remaining teeth from shifting to take up the slack. Anchoring your restoration on a dental implant can provide the stability that makes your natural teeth so effective. To learn more about conserving your smile by replacing lost teeth, schedule a consultation with your Des Moines family dentist by calling Gateway Dental Group at (515) 244-9565. We welcome patients from River Bend, Kirkwood Glen, East Village, and neighboring communities.