March 4, 2017
Missing teeth can occur from a sports injury, accident, or even aging—although losing your teeth can strike at any time. Whatever the reason or time of your missing teeth, opting to not replace them immediately has undesirable side effects. Teeth are responsible for helping you chew, speak, and play a critical role in upholding your face’s shape and length. Missing teeth can cause you to have difficulties eating, communicating, and look much older than you actually are. Luckily, the practice of Dr. Ellis L. Ramsey, DDS offers a revolutionary tooth replacement option: dental implants in Lake Highlands.
If you’ve looked into restoring your missing teeth, you’re aware that there are several options for repair. Dentures and bridges will certainly get the job done, but dental implants are by far the most effective solution for missing teeth. Dr. Ramsey can replace both the root (below the gum line) and the crown (above the gum line) of a dying or lost tooth. Dental implants are small, titanium posts that mimic the root of your tooth, restoring the health of your jawbone. Titanium is a metal that is biocompatible, meaning that your body can adjust to the metal easily with a process called osseointegration. By attaching a prosthetic tooth to your dental implant, one of our dentists will be able to provide a tooth replacement option that can you’re your smile increased stability and longevity.
Disadvantages of a Deteriorating Jawbone
Losing one or more teeth directly affects your appearance and your confidence, but have you ever considered how it directly affects your oral health? Your teeth are designed to work together and assist in important bodily functions like speaking and playing a major role in the digestive system. If you ignore the gaps in your smile you may be exposing your body to these disadvantages:
- Moving or shifting in your smile—can lead to TMJ disorder or a misaligned bite.
- Higher risk of getting gum disease—your gums are more exposed to infectious bacteria and pockets along your gum line that food can become trapped in.
- Malnutrition—you can’t enjoy the healthy, crunchy substances your body needs like raw vegetables. Your digestive system becomes compromised.
- Jawbone deterioration—Your jawbone will not be getting enough stimulation from chewing and become increasingly unhealthy. Soon, your jawbone will not be able to support surrounding teeth causing additional tooth loss.
Placing Dental Implants
Dental implants can save the day with a two-step placement process. The first step to restoring your smile would be to meet with one of our dentists. After an informative consultation, your dentist in Lake Highlands will refer you to a specialist to undergo the surgical placement of your implant posts. This sounds intimidating, but patients should feel comfortable in the hands of a trained professional. Our patients undergo sedatives to make the surgical portion of the procedure practically painless.
After your implants have been placed, your jawbone and gums will naturally fuse to your implant, mimicking the original lost tooth root. Once your body has adjusted, you will return to our office to attach the prosthetic teeth.
If adequate bone density is still present in your jaw bone, you may be a good candidate for dental implants. You will soon be able to speak, eat, and smile confidently with implant supported teeth. Even better, you won’t even be able to tell the difference between your dental prosthetics and your natural teeth! Call us today to get started on re-stabilizing your smile!
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