If you lose one or more of your natural teeth, then over time you could also lose jawbone density, impacting your smile’s stability and even your facial structure. In order to replace missing teeth and preserve smiles in Des Moines, IA, then our team may offer implant dentistry. Find out how dental implants address missing teeth and improve overall smile health.
The Loss of Jawbone Density
When we lose one or more of our natural teeth, the body’s response is to suspend the flow of key nutrients to the jawbone around the lost tooth. Over time, the causes the bone tissue to break down and deteriorate. The loss of jawbone density not only leads to further tooth loss over time, but could also cause the patient to develop an older appearance. However, since dental implants act as new tooth roots, this stimulates the growth of jawbone tissue and prevents further tooth loss or an older appearance.
Protecting Your Smile’s Beauty and Structure
In order to replace your missing teeth and protect your smile, we will select the optimal area for placement and then insert the dental implant into the jaw via oral surgery. Made from titanium, a biocompatible material, the implant acts as a new tooth root and bonds with the bone tissue through a process called osseointegration. Once osseointegration occurs and the placement area heals, which takes between three an four months, we can move on with the restoration process.
The restoration is your new tooth’s visible portion, the part people see when you smile. For single tooth dental implants, we will add an abutment that holds a dental crown in place. Created from strong and lifelike dental ceramic, the crown will blend with the rest of the smile and will also be able to absorb bite forces and pressure. If you have lost multiple teeth, then we may attach a bridge or even a fixed denture, transforming your smile and offering a prosthetic that doesn’t slip and could last decades.
To ensure a long-lasting tooth replacement, you need to take proper care of your smile, including your new teeth. We suggest brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing every night before going to bed. Also, try to cut back on sugary foods and drinks, which could feed harmful bacteria. Make time to see us every six months for a routine exam and a dental cleaning as well. If you have any questions about addressing tooth loss, then contact our team today.
Restoring Your Smile
With implant dentistry our team can provide a strong and lifelike solution to minor and advanced tooth loss. For more information on implant dentistry, schedule a consultation with Dr. Burds by calling Gateway Dental Group in downtown Des Moines, IA, at (515) 244-9565.