Missing Teeth & Overall Oral Health
When teeth are missing, the problem becomes much greater than affecting just your appearance. Most dental patients do not know that missing teeth can cause serious changes in your bite and the way you chew your food. Over time, these changes can cause stress and damage to the remaining teeth, contributing to a chain reaction that results in more missing teeth. In addition, missing teeth contribute to loss of bulk in the jaw bone, which can change the shape of your face and make it difficult to wear a removable prosthetic such as a partial denture.
The most reliable, natural looking, feeling and functioning way to replace a missing tooth or missing teeth is with dental implants.
A dental implant is essentially a replacement tooth, fabricated from medical-grade titanium. Titanium is a biocompatible metal, often used in hip and knee replacement implants. The implant is shaped like a tooth root, and is surgically placed in the jaw in the area of the missing tooth. As the implanted site heals, the jaw bone grows to adhere to the surface of the implant, making it as strong and stable as a natural tooth. A dental crown is made and placed upon the implant. The result is a fully-functioning, natural looking and feeling replacement tooth.
Dental implants have been 98% successful for more than 50 years. As the most reliable and predictable method of tooth replacement, most patients find that with proper care, their dental implants can last a lifetime. Many cosmetic options are available in order to ensure the natural appearance of dental implants and provide a cosmetic result that matches the surrounding teeth in color and shape.
Dental implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth, several missing teeth or even an entire set of teeth. Ask Dr. Dunn about your options for tooth replacement, an implant supported denture or the Implant Supported Overdenture option for restoring your dental health and function with implants.