When you suffer from the loss of one or more natural teeth, this could impact the health, function, and even the appearance of your smile and facial structure. Which is why we want to offer a realistic and long-lasting tooth replacement. In today’s blog, your Des Moines, IA, dentist looks at the benefits of implant dentistry.
Don’t Ignore Your Lost Teeth
Losing a tooth is more than just an embarrassing change to the appearance of your smile. This could cause major complications too. For example, surrounding teeth could move from position, causing misalignment due to the gap in your smile. This alone increases the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. For other people, the strain on the smile from missing teeth could lead to the onset of painful disorders like TMD or bruxism (chronic teeth grinding). Over time, the jawbone around the missing roots will lose mass and density, which causes the tissue to break down. This means the risk of further tooth loss and an aged appearance, as well as complications eating and speaking.
New Tooth Roots
Dental implants have the potential to last for decades, and this is because unlike other prosthetics, they don’t rely on clasps, crowns, or suction to stay in place. Instead, we insert biocompatible titanium posts into the jawbone through oral surgery. The body accepts these as actual roots and they bond with the jaw through osseointegration. This stability stimulates the growth of surrounding bone tissue and helps protect your smile from major complications. We can use these to address a single missing tooth, or as we will discuss in the next section, support fixed dentures.
Crowns and Prosthetics
Once the implant portions are in place, we will connect abutments to them. For an individual missing tooth, we will connect a custom-made crown to the post. The crown will look natural, blend with the smile, and provide a durable chewing surface. For multiple missing teeth, we can attach a dental bridge or a set of dentures, again custom-made for a natural appearance. These prosthetics will never need to be removed for maintenance, and will never slip when you eat or speak.
If you have any questions about your missing teeth or about replacing them with implant dentistry, or if you have a removable prosthetics and would like to consider an upgrade, then contact our team today to learn more.
TALK TO YOUR DES MOINES, IA DENTIST’S OFFICE ABOUT IMPLANT DENTISTRY
Whether you have one missing tooth or several, implant dentistry can help. If you would like to find out more about replacing your lost teeth with a lifelike prosthetic and enjoying a full smile again, then contact your Des Moines, IA, dentist, Dr. Burds, by calling 515-244-9565.