Even with the most preventative measures, tooth-loss can sometimes be inevitable. Dental implants are most often the best treatment for replacing lost or missing teeth. Our experienced, gentle dentists can help with the most extensive dental needs.
It’s only ONE tooth…
Each tooth in your mouth has a purpose. Think of your teeth like books on a book shelf. What happens when you take out one book? The books on either side move into the empty place. And imagine you have two rows stacked on top of each other. When you remove one book the opposing book would move as well. Our teeth behave in much the same manner.
Missing even one tooth can cause neighboring teeth to tip and shift like the books. And the tooth above or below will search for the opposing surface it’s used to meeting. This is known as Supraeruption. When one tooth is removed and not replaced, one tooth grows either upward or downward attempting to reestablish contact for proper bite. Tipping, shifting and Supraeruption all result in irregular bite patterns. Over time, these issues can lead to uneven wear of tooth enamel, root exposure, and breakage of additional teeth. We often see other affects such as jaw tension from grinding and clenching. Even ongoing headaches can be attributed to missing teeth. Other complications that can be caused by missing teeth are bone loss and gum disease. Increased risk for tooth decay, the development of TMJ, sinus problems and loss of facial structure.
More Choices Today…
For many years dental bridges and partials were the only treatment option available for replacement of missing teeth. Dental bridges are permanently affixed in the mouth, but they can be challenging to care for between dental cleanings. Additionally, they require altering the natural structure of adjacent teeth. Removable partials make brushing and flossing easier but can be lost or broken, change speech and need to be replaced more frequently. Dental implants behave most like your own teeth, they’re easy to care for and are an investment that lasts a lifetime.
Dental implants consist of three parts. The implant itself is made of medical grade titanium. The implant is secured into the jaw bone which replaces the natural tooth root. There are no nerve endings in the jaw bone so there is very little discomfort. The human body initiates bone growth around the titanium implant which can be help restore bone loss if the tooth has been missing for some time. A false tooth is created that is attached to the implant using a connector called an abutment. The finished dental implant looks like your natural tooth, is equally as strong and allows you to brush and floss as normal. Dental implants can replace a single tooth or several missing teeth. We can also add dental implants to help anchor and existing bridge, partial or denture.
Our providers have the additional training needed for you dental implant treatment. At Pristine Dental, you’re in the best hands for all your dental implants needs. We are happy to answer all your questions and show you why dental implants the best treatment choice for restoring a full, healthy smile.
Schedule your ‘in the pink’ implant consultation today!