Common Causes of Tooth Loss
The loss of one or more teeth can have a devastating effect on your ability to chew, speak clearly, and smile or laugh with self-confidence. A traumatic event like an accident or fall; deep or irreparable decay; gum disease or severe infection … all of these things can lead to tooth loss. But you do not need to despair as dental implants are a readily available treatment that can restore lost dentition to look and feel as close to your natural teeth as possible.
You never plan for an accident; but if you are faced with tooth loss, a consultation with your implant dentist will reveal how one or more teeth can be replaced.
There are some situations where saving a deeply decayed tooth is not a viable or recommended option. Tooth extraction may be required, but leaving a gaping hole where a tooth should be can lead to other problems such as remaining teeth shifting. Or your appearance may be affected following extraction.
A patient suffering from tooth loss due to gum disease may be faced with a few more obstacles such as lack of bone in the gum where the implant is to be placed. But there are procedures available that can augment bone making a dental implant possible.
Smoking and Tobacco Use
Tobacco users are much more likely to experience periodontal disease making them more susceptible to tooth loss. Your implant dentist may place stipulations, one of which may be discontinuing tobacco.
The dental implant process can take up to a year from start to finish. But it is certainly worthwhile to pursue. There are so many advantages to replacing lost dentition with a dental implant.
Chief among them is the ability to eat all your favorite foods. And you will never have to worry about slippage or movement with a dental implant. Your dentist will prepare the restoration that will cover your dental implant to match surrounding teeth in size, shape, and color. No one will be able to tell which tooth is your implanted tooth.
Caring for a dental implant is no more difficult than the care you extend for all your teeth. Daily brushing and flossing coupled with visits with your dentist every six months for cleaning and dental exam are all you need once your dental implant procedure is completed.
Considering dental implants? Call our office today!