Completely Replace Your Missing Tooth
If you are missing a tooth, it’s more than likely that you should replace it.
That gap can affect more than just your smile. Our team can help you stop a small problem from turning into major issues.
The best solution for many people is an implant-supported dental crown. This combination of restorative services gives you a complete tooth replacement. You should feel like you’ve got a real tooth again, and you can.
Call 804-717-2099 to schedule your appointment at the office of Walter D. Felton, DDS, in Chester, VA.
What Could Happen
Many people look at a missing tooth as an inconvenience at first. They figured it’s not ideal, but it’s something they can live with. Quite often, their opinion changes with a little time. At least, that’s why many of them come to us looking to replace their lost tooth.
When you have a gap in your smile, you can become self-conscious about it. Some people will actually mention it to you. Other people won’t say anything about it, but their behavior will let you know they are distracted by the empty space in your mouth.
A lost tooth creates some functional issues as well. Depending on which tooth is missing, you may not be able to bite or chew as well as you would like. One way to deal with that is to bite or chew with one side of your mouth more than the other. That means more wear and tear on those teeth, which increases your odds of decay and other issues.
Biting and chewing also cause pressure on your teeth. When you have a full set of teeth, they provide support for one another against that pressure. When a tooth is missing, however, that pressure can cause teeth to “drift.” When that happens, it can change how your teeth fit together. This can make eating more complicated, and it can raise your risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
Meanwhile, below the surface, another problem is developing. Tooth loss often leads to bone loss in the jaw. Even a single missing tooth can someone to lose up to 25 percent of the bone mass in that part of their jaw withing 12 months.
This is part of the reason more lost teeth are likely once one is knocked out, falls out, or is removed. This is why replacing teeth is important for your long-term oral health.
The Whole Tooth
The implant functions as a root replacement. It goes directly into your jawbone, where the root once was. This also provides an added level of support and stability for your dental crown.
When the crown is attached, your smile will look as natural as it did before. You will be able to speak naturally. And, maybe most important, you will be able to bite and chew practically as well as you could when you still had a full set of healthy, real teeth.
The implant also provides stimulation to your jaw when you eat. That stimulation encourages new bone growth, which prevents the kind of bone loss that we mentioned above.