When you have suffered the loss of a tooth, or possibly several, this could impact your ability to eat and speak clearly. Your jawbone can lose density too! But to protect and preserve your smile, we can offer an advanced replacement option. In today’s blog, your El Paso, TX, dentists talk about treating tooth loss with dental implants.
The Causes of Missing Teeth
We lose teeth for a variety of different reasons. For some, this is due to an unfortunate accident or injury. For others, untreated tooth decay or infection could mean they fall out or require extraction. But the most common cause is actually the advanced stage of gum disease, which destroys the tissues connecting your teeth and gums. Regardless of the cause, the loss of your teeth could mean trouble for your smile’s health, function, and appearance. Many of these factors could mean further missing teeth unless we secure a prosthetic, such as a dental implant.
The Dangers for Your Smile
Let’s talk about these dangers. The gap in your smile could cause nearby teeth to drift, creating dental misalignment, and with it, an increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease. The stress on your jaw joints from tooth loss could lead to painful disorders like TMD or even bruxism (teeth grinding). You may have issues eating your favorite foods or even speaking clearly. But the most severe complication is the loss of mass and density that follows lost teeth. This could lead to additional missing teeth and even a prematurely aged appearance! But with dental implants, we can not only fill the gap in your smile, but stimulate the growth of jawbone tissue to avoid a breakdown, and preserve your youthful features in the process.
The Benefits of Implant Dentistry
Dental implants are surgically inserted into the jaw, and accepted by the body as natural roots. Which means the flow of calcium and phosphates to the smile resumes, and your jaw doesn’t lose mass and density. We then attach a restoration, or a portion of a prosthetic, such as a bridge or denture. Whether you have minor or advanced tooth loss, dental implants can offer a durable and long-lasting option that looks completely natural too. In fact, with proper care and attention your new teeth could last for decades, possibly even a lifetime.
If you have any questions about implant dentistry, then contact our team today to learn more.
TALK TO SUNNY SMILES IN EL PASO, TX, ABOUT TREATING MISSING TEETH
Our team is here to help you enjoy a full smile, one that also preserves your smile. If you’re ready to receive a replacement for your missing tooth, then contact our Sunny Smiles location on N Zaragoza Rd in El Paso, TX at 915-849-9000.