Posted on 3/15/2013 by Dr. Franco
|Tooth loss can have an adverse effect not only on the appearance of your smile, but also on the overall health of your remaining teeth. When tooth loss occurs, it is important that a tooth replacement solution such as a dental implant is sought in order to minimize the potential harm that can occur as a consequence of missing teeth.
Our teeth work together in tandem, to lend strength and support to one another. When one tooth is removed, for whatever reason, that strength and support becomes compromised, and so weakens the effectiveness of the remaining teeth. The gap left behind by a now-missing tooth can result in the surrounding teeth shifting position towards the gap, altering the pattern of our bite.
Our teeth also provide stimulus to the jawbone and gum tissue, helping to promote natural growth and health of both tissues. A missing tooth removes that stimulus from the area, and as a result, the mass of jawbone and also the gum tissue can slow and even stop altogether. Over time, the tissues will begin to regress and shrink, which can in turn spread and affect surrounding teeth. These teeth themselves can become loose, and could eventually be lost also.
An implant dentist can use dental implants to prevent the loss of gum tissue and jawbone tissue, as dental implants can closely mimic the functions of a natural tooth. Through the bonding of a small titanium support to the patient’s jawbone, a process called osseointegration, stimulus to the area can be restored and so healthy tissue production can be maintained.
On top of the titanium support, the dentist places a porcelain dental crown to replace the missing tooth’s surface. The crown can be shaped and shaded to match the remaining natural teeth, and can help to restore and provide the strength and support required by the rest of the teeth in order to function fully. This helps maintain the person’s biting strength and pattern, prevent tooth shift and can even aid speech.
It is perhaps hard to think that a missing tooth would have the potential to cause so much damage to a person’s remaining teeth, but the fact is that it is the case. With dental implants, that needn’t be the case, and those who have lost teeth can rebuild their smile and preserve the health of their existing teeth.
To learn more, call our skilled and dedicated team and schedule your professional consultation today.
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