If tooth loss strikes your smile, it can be rather upsetting. Not only are the esthetic effects obvious, but losing a tooth can destroy your bite’s function as well. Tasks you once took for granted become measurably more difficult. Certain foods you love must be avoided lest they harm your open gap. Because we rely on our teeth to help form words, our speech can begin to sound strange. As you move your jaw in awkward angles to work around the missing tooth, you can develop pain or strain in your joints. As remaining teeth take additional force from your bite, they can wear down at an accelerated rate. This can worsen your misalignment, increasing your risk for decay and infection. Fortunately, we could restore your smile with a prosthetic implant tooth.
At Sunny Smiles Family Dentistry, we design and place replacement teeth to help our patients regain the function and beauty of a full grin. This requires measuring your oral structures and determining if your jawbone is healthy enough for a titanium implant post. By inserting this prosthetic directly into the bone, it fuses to secure your false tooth for a lifetime. Enjoy your restored smile once again!
The Factors Behind Tooth Loss
While losing a tooth in childhood is a rite of passage, the tooth fairy does not visit adults! This means preventing tooth loss is a primary concern of your dentist. By understanding the factors that lead to missing teeth, you can fight this unfortunate condition.
Gum disease is the primary factor behind missing teeth among adults. As bacteria inflame the connective tissue at your gumline, the body’s inflammatory response destroys its tissue to attempt to escape the irritant. Over time this loosens the stability of your smile to the point you require an extraction. To prevent a gum infection from becoming worse, we provide periodontal maintenance services for each gum disease patient.
Creating Your Replacement Tooth
We will take an X-ray of your jawbone to determine if it is dense enough to hold a dental implant. If so, we can insert a titanium post directly through your open socket. Over the coming months, your oral tissues fuse with the post to secure it permanently in place. An abutment at the end of your post allows us to connect a dental crown that mimics your missing tooth above the gumline.
TALK TO YOUR DENTIST AT SUNNY SMILES ABOUT A PROSTHETIC SOLUTION FOR MISSING TEETH
Losing a tooth does not have to leave a permanent gap in your smile. By exploring your options for prosthodontic restoration, you can enjoy a full smile once again. To learn more about restorative treatment or plan your next visit, please call our Sunny Smiles location on N Zaragoza Rd in El Paso, TX at (915) 849-9000.