Missing Teeth – Why They’re a Problem and How We Can Help
If you’ve ever lost a tooth, you know that it can be a pretty devastating experience.
The result is the same whether the tooth is lost due to decay or some kind of dental trauma like a sports injury; you have a gaping space in your mouth, and you’re certain it’s the only thing people notice when they see you.
Yes, a missing tooth is unattractive, and this can have a major effect on your lifestyle. When a tooth is missing, you will probably also find it difficult to speak clearly, and eating certain types of foods may be all but impossible.
In addition to these problems, your overall oral health can also be compromised.
The Problem with That Empty Space
When you lose a tooth, interesting things start to happen in your mouth. The roots of your teeth like a lot of space, and they really don’t care which way they grow. A missing tooth leaves a space for those demanding roots to move in, and adjacent teeth start to drift into the empty space and cause misalignments.
Another problem that can occur with tooth loss is deterioration of the bone in your jaw. Your jaw needs the stimulation of the tooth root to continue regenerating. When tooth loss occurs, this process stops and bone in your jaw starts to break down.
Dental Implants to the Rescue!
Until recently, the only options we had for dealing with missing teeth were a bridge or partial denture used to hide the empty space. Today, we have dental implants that replace the entire tooth, from root to crown.
The implant is a titanium post that’s placed in your jaw and allowed to heal and bond with surrounding bone and tissue. Once the process of placing your dental implant is complete, you end up with a new tooth that resumes the work of your natural root, looks great, and allows you to smile confidently.
Would you like to learn more about dental implants in Washington, PA? Please call Pruce Dental so we can arrange a consultation to discuss your needs!