If you’re one of the 178 million Americans missing at least one tooth, you know how much it can affect your life. Not only can it be embarrassing but it also can make it difficult when chewing or speaking.
Although it may seem like missing just one tooth is no big deal, especially if the empty space isn’t visible, it can actually have damaging effects on your health and appearance.
When you lose a tooth, other teeth begin to shift into the empty space. This can change your entire bite and create alignment issues with your jaw. Over time, it can lead to the wearing down of other teeth and potentially even to symptoms of TMJ disorder.
Replacing Missing Teeth
In the past, when a tooth or multiple teeth were lost, the solution was dentures or bridges. The problem is these treatments only solve the problem above the gum line. The root is left empty.
With space in the gum and jaw bone where the root of the tooth once was, the bone begins to be reabsorbed. The jaw bone is responsible for a huge part of the facial structure. Over time the face actually begins to sag and age prematurely.
Dental implants are one of the most revolutionary parts of modern dentistry. They replace the tooth or teeth from the root up. A titanium post is placed where the root once was and a crown is secured on top to replicate a natural looking tooth.
This permanent solution to tooth loss can be used to replace a single tooth, to stabilize a full set of dentures or even to replace an entire mouth of teeth. The results are life-changing. Chewing and speaking become comfortable and natural again and patients smile with more confidence than they thought they’d ever had again.
At Arcadia Dental Arts the screening, treatment plan, and implant placement are all done in our office which means better results in a comfortable environment you can trust. Our investment in advanced technology allows us to plan out exactly where the tooth needs to be placed before the procedure even occurs.
For more information on how dental implants can improve your quality of life, give us a call at 602.957.9643.