June 19, 2017
You want to smile for the family photo, after all your entire family hasn’t been together for decades. However, you feel self-conscious about your missing tooth and you’ve spent most of the weekend focused on how to hide your smile. This isn’t how your family to see you, and you should know that there are excellent solutions for replacing missing teeth. Your dentist in Beaumont explains how dental implants can help.
Missing Teeth Affect Oral Health
While your main focus is hiding your smile, you probably haven’t realized what’s happening behind the scenes. Now that your root is gone, your bone no longer has anything to support and it will begin to deteriorate. This not only changes the appearance of your face, it also eliminates support for your remaining teeth and eventually leads to more tooth loss.
Without a tooth replacement, your remaining teeth will begin to shift into the open space left by your missing tooth. This puts your healthy teeth at an increased risk for fractures or other damage. It also causes bite misalignment, which can contribute to jaw pain.
How Dental Implants can help
Dental implants in Beaumont are the best tooth replacement option dentistry has to offer because they restore both your root and your tooth. A titanium post is placed into your jawbone during surgery, and then given time to heal. During healing, the implant will naturally integrate with your bone because titanium is a biocompatible material. This creates a stable foundation for your new tooth or implant crown, while also keeping your bone stimulated and protecting against deterioration.
You implant crown offers you the same function you had before such as eating, smiling, and talking with ease since it closely mimics your natural tooth. You’ll also be able to brush and floss as you were used to, which makes your dental implant very easy to care for. Your implant also offers great longevity since with regular checkups and excellent home care it can potentially last for a lifetime.
Are Dental Implants right for me?
Dr. Michael Olson can determine if dental implants are right for your needs with a thorough examination and x-rays. Implants do require that you have enough healthy bone structure to properly support them and that you’re in good overall health. Dr. Olson will oversee your treatment from start to finish, and he can discuss other options for tooth replacement with you if implants are not in your future.
Contact West End Dental Group
Are you ready to reclaim your smile? Give us a call today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Olson.
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