With a new year only days away, many of us will be making some resolutions. These could mean big changes for our lives, and you should consider your smile too. If you have missing teeth, don’t let these gaps cause problems for your smile. Now is a great time to let your Livonia, MI, dentist replace what has been lost with advanced and long-lasting dental implants.
The Dangers of Your Tooth Loss
Let’s talk about why you shouldn’t put off treatment to address your tooth loss. When we lose teeth, these gaps could cause surrounding teeth to drift from position. This leads to misalignment, and with it, negative impacts on smile beauty and an increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Missing teeth also strain your jaw joints and bite balance, so TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding) could develop. You may have trouble eating foods and speaking could become difficult too. The body will also respond to your lost teeth by suspending the flow of nutrients to the bone around the lost tooth, which causes it to break down. This breakdown means fitter tooth loss and even an older appearance! To prevent these complications, you may need one or more dental implants.
The Value of a Dental Implant
Each dental implant is a free-standing biocompatible titanium post, one we insert into the jaw, guiding the process with digital technology. We insert them in a position and angle to stimulate the growth of bone tissue, so you don’t lose mass and density in your jaws and your smile is preserved. This also allows your new root to last for decades, or possibly a lifetime for some people. We could use them to address a single missing tooth, securing a crown to them with an abutment. The crown acts as the visible part of the new tooth, and can absorb daily bite forces and blend with the smile. If you have multiple missing teeth, we could use several posts to secure a bridge or even fixed dentures that never slips or requires removal for soaking and cleaning.
Start the Process Now!
If you have missing teeth and would like a natural-looking and long-lasting solution, then contact our team today. We can schedule an appointment for your initial consultation, in which we assess the cause and extent to your tooth loss, and choose the best course of treatment. We can address underlying oral health issues to ensure the success and stability of your dental implants.
DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT IMPLANT DENTISTRY?
We would like to help you enjoy a full smile again! To learn more about how we replace one or more lost teeth, 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.