When you lose a tooth, you need a dental prosthetic to address the gap and help you smile with confidence once again. To replace missing teeth and ensure your new smile lasts for decades, maybe even a lifetime, then you could benefit from implant dentistry. In today’s blog, your Des Moines, IA, dentist is talking about dental implants!
The Causes and Dangers of Tooth Loss
Why do we lose our teeth in the first place? The causes could vary, but are often liked to poor oral hygiene and health. For example, issues like tooth decay or infection could lead to a lost tooth. You could also suffer from missing teeth as a result of injury or accident. However, the most common cause is the advanced stage of gum disease, known as periodontitis. At this stage, the tissues that connect the teeth and gums could become severed, leading to loose or missing teeth. When we lose teeth, this impacts what we can eat and could lead to a break down in the stability and integrity of your jawbone tissue. As a result, you suffer further tooth loss with time and could develop an aged appearance! To restore infection, health, and beauty to your smile, you need a replacement option.
Creating and Placing Your Dental Implants
Dental implants don’t rely on suction, clasps, or crowns to remain in place. Instead, a post made from biocompatible titanium is inserted into the jawbone. The material is accepted by the body as natural root structure, and this stimulates the growth of bone tissue. Known as osseointegration, this bonds with like a natural root and protects the stability of your jawbone structure. As a result, your new tooth could last for decades to come and possibly even a lifetime! After the osseointegration process occurs, we will attach a crown to the post with an abutment, restoring the individual ones. We could also use several post and abutment to secure fixed dentures that never slip and last far longer than removable alternatives!
Ensuring They Last
Routine care helps them last, as the same factors that treat natural teeth could compromise your dental implants. We suggest seeing us every six months for a checkup and so we can remove all plaque and tartar buildup, managing your periodontal health. At home, you need to brush and floss daily to remove stray food particles. Avoiding tobacco products is helpful too, as is cutting back on sugary and starchy foods, which could otherwise promote plaque buildup.
Do You Have a Lost Tooth?
We want to help you enjoy a complete smile again with a lifelike and long-lasting replacement options. For more information on the process of placing dental implants, or to schedule your appointment with our Des Moines, IA team, contact Gateway Dental Group by calling 515-244-9565 today.