If you go through the unfortunate event of losing one of your teeth, it can be quite upsetting! Not only does dental loss have a serious effect on your personal appearance, but your quality of life can suffer as well. That is why you should turn to your dentist for a prosthetic solution to restore your bite. Left untreated, a missing tooth can cause problems with your speech. You can develop dental misalignment that begins to wear at the surface of your smile and place undue strain on your jaw.
At Sunny Smiles Family Dentistry, we want you to know that dental loss does not have to be permanent! You can take on your missing tooth with a replacement option in the form of a dental implant and crown. By securing a prosthetic post inside your jaw, we can mimic your missing tooth’s root to hold a new artificial prosthetic. This sturdy restoration can add valuable support for your jaw density while allowing you to enjoy your full smile.
When Your Teeth Become Unstable
What are the conditions that lead to tooth loss? Sometimes we pull a tooth as a result of advanced tooth decay leaving you ineligible for a dental crown or filling. By removing the remaining material, we save your neighboring teeth from the spread of decay. You can think of a tooth extraction as simply a first step in receiving a new prosthetic tooth. Sometimes tooth loss is also due to physical trauma when events like sporting injuries knock out teeth.
However, the most common cause of tooth loss among adults is the advanced form of gum disease. The same bacteria that cause tooth decay can infect your gingival tissues and cause them to erode. As you lose the connection between your teeth and your jaw, your teeth become unstable and can begin to fall out. To prevent gum disease from getting any worse, we recommend attending periodontal maintenance sessions to get your disease under control and stop any additional tooth loss.
Replacing Your Missing Tooth
We can examine your oral structures to determine if you are a candidate for an implant. By placing a titanium rod directly into your jawbone, it fuses with your oral tissues to hold securely for years to come. After you heal from placement, we can place an abutment at the end of your post that will hold a restoration above your gumline. A dental crown can mimic the appearance and function of a healthy, natural tooth.
SPEAK WITH YOUR DENTIST AT SUNNY SMILES ABOUT ADDRESSING TOOTH LOSS
Talk to us about solutions for your missing tooth! To learn more about this procedure and plan your next visit, please call our Sunny Smiles location on N Zaragoza Rd in El Paso, TX at (915) 849-9000.