When you lose a tooth, your first thought might be about your appearance. While how you look is certainly important, you may not realize that losing a tooth can actually cause serious problems to your oral health, as well. Tooth loss starts a chain reaction that may place your remaining teeth in jeopardy, if not addressed.
Your teeth and bone have a dependant relationship. Your tooth’s root, imbedded into your jaw bone, stimulates bone regeneration and strength. When you lose your tooth, the root is no longer there to stimulate growth and your bone begins to disintegrate in a process called resorption.
Additionally, a gap in your teeth means that the adjacent teeth may drift, tipping toward the gap, which can create occlusal (bite) problems.
Bone retention – Because dental implants are created with biocompatible metals, such as titanium, they integrate with your bone and stimulate growth, much like your natural teeth. Having a dental implant can prevent resorption.
Occlusal stability – Since dental implants fill the gaps in your smile, they keep your other teeth from drifting and tilting. This protects your occlusion by maintaining the integrity of your bite.
Convenience – Stand-alone dental implants are just as easy to care for as your natural teeth. You can brush and floss them normally, avoiding the need for special oral tools like floss threaders or small brushes to keep them clean.
Aesthetics – Dr. Martin creates each dental crown to match the appearance of your smile. She will take a custom shade and make sure that the size and shape of your implant crown looks like your other teeth.
Secure dentistry – In addition to replacing individual missing teeth, we can use dental implants to secure bridges and dentures, keeping your dentistry exactly where it belongs and giving you added confidence when you eat and speak.
If Dr. Sarira Martin, DDS, PC, determines that you are a good candidate for a dental implant, she will work with one of the most highly skilled oral surgeons in the area so that you have the best outcome possible. The specialist will place your dental implants and we will allow them time to heal completely. While it is possible to restore some dental implants immediately, in most cases, we allow them to heal for several months before placing a dental crown.
Once your healing period is complete, Dr. Martin will create a custom implant crown that blends seamlessly with your smile. When cared for properly, dental implants can last decades – or even a lifetime.
Call our Highlands Ranch, CO dental office today to schedule an implant evaluation with Dr. Martin. She will help determine the best treatment possible to replace your missing teeth and guide you through the process every step of the way.