Many people who have lost a tooth recently may not be aware of the effects the missing tooth can have on the remaining natural teeth. Teeth work together to support one another in the mouth as they work on biting, chewing, speaking and more. When a tooth is lost, that support is compromised; teeth can begin to move within the mouth, leading to misalignments of the teeth, which can be detrimental to the patient’s bite, and alter speech.
Shifting teeth can lead to more serious issues, such as Temperomandibular Joint Disorder, and can even lead to further tooth loss. However, treatments such as dental implants can restore the support and functionality of the missing tooth, preserving the natural bite pattern, aid with speech and improve the appearance of the smile.
Dental implants help to prevent the recession of tissues, while also strengthening and supporting surrounding teeth and restoring full functionality to the mouth by preserving bite and speech patterns.
Dental implants involve an implant dentist placing a small titanium support directly into the patient’s mouth, where it fuses with the jawbone in a process called osseointegration. This bonding helps to provide strength and support to the implant, while helping to mimick the natural functions of the tooth’s root to stimulate and preserve the health of the gum tissue and jawbone.
When a tooth is lost, the stimulus of these tissues is also lost, leading to gum tissue and jawbone recession. Over time, this recession of these tissues can spread across the mouth, weaking the support afforded to other teeth, and so could lead to further tooth loss.
Dental implants help to prevent the recession of tissues, while also strengthening and supporting surrounding teeth and restoring full functionality to the mouth by preserving bite and speech patterns. Dental implants also serve to prevent teeth from shifting and also improve the appearance of the smile.
To finish off the dental implant treatment, a dental crown is affixed onto the titanium support to restore the appearance of a natural, healthy tooth. The crown can be shaped and even shaded to give the best possible appearance, blending in seamlessly with existing teeth to give a natural look.
Dental implants are also easily cared for, and require no special care. They can be cleaned and maintained as part of a normal dental health program, and can last a lifetime with proper care. Dental implants can not only replace a missing tooth, but also play a pivotal role in maintaining dental health by preserving the health of the remaining natural teeth.
Contact the office of Dr. Paul Lounsberry, serving Round Rock and neighboring areas, to learn how dental implants can restore your smile.