Missing teeth can have a serious impact on your oral health. They can weaken your bone density, affect your bite, and make you feel self-conscious. If you’re missing teeth, it’s time to consider a dental implant. This is essentially an artificial tooth root, which makes it the closest thing you can get to a natural tooth. Here are the essentials you need to know.
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Is it necessary to replace missing teeth?
Even if your missing teeth aren’t highly visible, it’s still important to your oral health that you replace them. Here’s a few reasons why:
1. Teeth can drift out of position and change your bite
Just like all the other bones in your body, your teeth work together and support each other! So when one is missing, your teeth will start to shift to fill the gap. This can cause a crooked smile, as well as joint pain and bite problems.
2. Shifting teeth can lead to tooth decay and gum disease
By leaving a missing tooth untreated, you are exposing your gum tissue to potential infection through simple, everyday things like chewing food! If an oral infection is left untreated, it could spread to the rest of your body and cause more serious issues.
3. It can weaken the bone density of your jaw
This is quite possibly the biggest hidden consequence of missing teeth. Because your jaw has less teeth to stimulate, it doesn’t work as hard, which can cause a loss of bone density over time. This can cause more serious problems down the line, so it’s important to be proactive.
What’s the best option to replace missing teeth?
The best option to replace missing teeth is a dental implant performed by a skilled dentist, such as Dr. Brimhall and Dr. Green at South Anchorage Dental Center. Dental implants are set into the mouth the same way a natural tooth would be. They’re typically made of titanium, which encourages new bone growth. After this implant is set, a crown, bridge or denture is anchored on top.
Implants are so effective because they are able to mimic the appearance, feel and function of a natural tooth far greater than any other type of restoration. SADC even offers safe and affordable same-day implants which not only save you time and money, but also tend to heal faster than traditional implants.
Unlike dentures or bridges, they are expected to last you a lifetime. This makes it the least time-consuming option, which can save you a significant amount of money in the long-term.
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Are dental implants worth the investment?
Implants are durable, functional, and look completely natural, making them the best option for your oral health and function. Not only do they work better than any other tooth-restoration solutions, but they are just like normal teeth! From appearance to function, they allow you to go about your normal, daily life, requiring no extra care. Just brush and floss like normal! For this reason, dental implants are the simplest way to restore your teeth back to their original glory.
At South Anchorage Dental Center, we even have a dental savings plan that can help ease the stress of an unplanned dental expense. We know that life can be unpredictable and at times inconvenient, and we’re happy to provide a way for our patients to maintain great dental hygiene and confidence!
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