Visible missing teeth
detract from the beauty of your smile. Even missing teeth in the back of your mouth can cause long-term dental problems and painful chewing. Dental implants can permanently restore the natural beauty of your smile while protecting further shrinkage of the jaw bone from tooth loss.
A dental implant is a metal post that acts as an artificial tooth root. It is placed beneath your gum and fuses with the bone in your jaw. Dr. Buzz Raymond then makes a replacement crown
on the metal root, which is designed to blend in with the way your own teeth look and feel. Dental implants can be an ideal option for some people in good general oral health who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or other reasons. If you are missing one or more teeth and would like to smile, speak and eat again with comfort and confidence, implants might be the right option for you.
The Importance of Replacing Missing Teeth
If your missing teeth are in the back of your mouth you may feel that it is not so important to replace them. Dr. Raymond believes that all your teeth work together to help you chew, speak, and smile. When teeth are missing, it is difficult to do these things naturally. The loss of teeth can cause your bite to shift and your face to look older. Fortunately, missing teeth can be replaced. Replacing missing teeth can prevent the remaining teeth from moving out of alignment and prevent other dental issues later on.
Many people do not realize how much damage a missing tooth can cause over time:
- Allowing teeth to shift out of alignment
- Gum disease
- Tooth decay
- Bone loss
- Painful chewing
Long Lasting and Healthy
A dental implant is usually a long lasting solution. If properly cared for, a dental implant can last many decades. The implant acts as an anchor for a crown or a bridge, preventing extra stresses on the surrounding teeth, and allowing you to care for your restoration as you would care for your natural teeth.
Since the implant replaces the tooth root, it preserves the jaw bone which would otherwise shrink. Shrinkage of the jaw bone and adjacent gums cause the sunken look and make you look older than you are.
Dental implants have a proven and safe track record. If your replacement tooth or bridge becomes damaged due to trauma or an accident, it can be replaced without affecting the implant itself. Patients who want dental implants need to be committed to regular dental visits and thorough oral hygiene every day.
Learn more about dental implants by reading our Questions About Dental Implants. If you are in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area, please call Dr. Raymond or email us today to schedule your consultation and find out if dental implants are a good option for you.