Does a missing tooth drive you crazy?
A gap in your smile can make you look silly, uneducated, or even impoverished. But the negative consequences of a missing tooth extend far beyond just simple cosmetic issues. Your missing tooth can cause contribute to tooth decay, gum disease, and even bone deterioration.
When you’re missing a tooth, food can become stuck in the gap. That’s an embarrassing moment at the dinner table to be sure, but it also has implications for your oral health. The food attracts bacteria such as plaque to your teeth and gums. Because plaque is acidic, it can dissolve holes into the enamel of your teeth and inflame your gums with gum disease.
If you live with a missing tooth for too long, it can even cause your remaining teeth to begin to shift and loosen. You may even begin to lose additional teeth! Your jawbone will also start shrinking in order to compensate. If you’ve ever seen a long-time dentures wearer without their teeth in, you know what this “shrunken face” effect can look like.
So how do you prevent all of these negative consequences? You get a dental implant crown from the office of Andrew Dine, DDS, in Fairfield, OH. In today’s post of our dental health blog, we’re going to look at the revolution technology behind dental implants and help you determine if a dental implant is right for you. Let’s get started!
The Technology Behind Dental Implants
It’s not yet possible for your body to naturally regrow missing adult teeth. But until dental science makes that enormous advancement, dental implants are the closest thing possible to regrowing a permanent tooth. So what is a dental implant? A dental implant is an artificial tooth attached to a titanium root.
First a extremely small titanium rod is surgically embedded into your jaw by an oral surgeon. Titanium is biocompatible so it will actually fuse with your jawbone in place of your natural tooth root. This helps prevent your remaining teeth from shifting and your jaw from shrinking by filling the gap in your smile. In a few months, your dental implant will be completely healed.
After the dental implant is healed, we affix an incredibly lifelike dental crown to it to take the place of you missing tooth. Your dental implant crown will restore nearly all of your natural chewing power, making it possible for you to once again eat all of your favorite foods. Best of all, your dental implant crown will look exactly like your natural teeth . That means no one will know that it’s not your natural tooth!
Is a Dental Implant Crown Right for Me?
Only a trained dentist like Dr. Dine can determine if a dental implant crown is the right restorative dentistry solution for you. Many patients prefer dental implant crowns to other restorative dentistry options because they are extremely long-lasting and look completely natural.
But you have to be healthy enough to undergo the dental implant procedure. That means treating any gum disease, tooth decay, or other oral health issues first. You will also need a jawbone dense enough to support the dental implant.
If you’re ready to learn if a dental implant is right for you, please give our office a call. We can examine your oral health and answer all your questions about dental implant procedures and other restorative dentistry options.
Even if you’re not a candidate for a dental implant, we may be able to fill the gap in your smile with another procedure such a dental bridge. To learn more contact the office of Andrew Dine, DDS, in Fairfield, OH, by calling 513‑823‑2575 or using our convenient online form.