Our team provides dental implants, designed to address a single lost tooth or to secure a full or partial dental prosthetic. The goal of these advanced prosthetics is to replace missing teeth and help transform the beauty of your smile, while also preserving health and function. In today’s blog, your Livonia, MI, dentist explains when you should seek implant dentistry.
The Dangers of Tooth Loss
What happens once a tooth, or teeth, become lost? Well, the overall alignment of the smile could change as other teeth begin shifting due to the gaps, the resulting in crooked, crowded, and overlapping teeth leading to issues like tooth decay and gum disease. Any gaps in your smile alters your bite and places pressure on the jaw joints, complications linked to painful disorders like TMD and bruxism (chronic teeth grinding). In addition, the lack of roots means the body suspends the flow of key nutrients to the bone tissue around the missing tooth. Without these nutrients, the bone tissue loses mass and density, leading to further tooth loss and for some, an aged appearance.
Warning Signs of Trouble
What causes tooth loss? Well, injury could mean a severely damaged tooth or one knocked out completely. Lack of treatment for cavity could lead to advanced decay or infection, which could mean a tooth needs extraction to prevent the spread of infection, or could fall out on its own. However, the most common reason is gum disease. The advanced stage, known as periodontitis, could destroy the tissues that connects your teeth and gums, causing them to become lost. Warning signs of issues that lead to tooth loss include persistent tooth sensitivity, toothaches, or possibly sore, red gums that bleed easily. If you encounter persistent pain in your teeth or gums, please let us know right away.
The Implant Benefits
To replace missing teeth, we may suggest dental implants, which could replace a single lost tooth, or support a bridge or denture. The benefits include a lifelike appearance. The implants themselves, which act as new roots, could stimulate the growth of bone tissue and prevent the loss of mass and density that leads to missing teeth. If you have any questions about preventing tooth loss, or about reducing your smile with implant dentistry, then contact our team today.
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT IMPLANT OPTIONS?
A whole smile is a source of good health and an improved quality of life, which is why we offer tooth replacement for this with missing teeth. To learn more about treating common oral health issues like tooth loss, then call James Stewart, DDS, dental implant office in Livonia, MI, at (734) 425-4400. We also serve the residents of Farmington, Plymouth, Dearborn Heights, and all surrounding communities.