Get A Dental Implant For Your Missing Tooth
We’ve all learned at one time or another that paying too little today can end up costing us a lot more tomorrow. The opposite is true as well. Paying a little more today can often save us in the long-run.
With that in mind, today’s post will be focused on dental implants. More specifically, the benefits of getting an implant-supported crown if you lose a single tooth.
We’ve seen the benefits firsthand for many patients at our Chester, VA office. We don’t want you to lose any teeth, but if you do, we also want you to keep the ones you still have for as long as possible. An implant and crown make that more likely.
To learn how you could get one for yourself, call Walter D. Felton, DDS at 804-392-0792.
Learn The Effects Of A Lost Tooth
Losing a tooth can affect people in a variety of ways.
Depending on the location of the tooth, it may have an immediate impact on the appearance of your smile. This can cause some people to feel self-conscious about letting other people their teeth. If you find that you are smiling less because of a missing tooth, then other people can get the wrong impression of you, too.
A lost tooth also can change how you pronounce words. This is something we usually find amusing in children, but that’s partly because we know their permanent teeth will replace the teeth that have fallen out. With adults, that’s not the same. Changes to your pronunciation can leave you feeling hesitant to speak up when you may want to do so.
A missing tooth also can change how you eat and what you are able to eat. The gap in your smile can have other effects as well. It can allow your teeth to shift, which can affect both your ability to bite and your smile.
Below the gumline, however, something else is happening. You are beginning to lose bone mass in your jaw. In fact, you could lose up to 25 percent of your bone density within a year in the part of your mouth without a tooth.
That can set the stage for more tooth loss down the road. That’s not a path you want to go down if you can avoid it.
Protect & Preserve Your Smile
This is why an implant can be such an important part of your tooth replacements. Modern implants were developed to replace the roots of missing teeth.
When you get an implant, it’s placed directly in your jawbone. That implant replicates the effects of your root. This includes stimulation your jawbone when you bite and chew, which leads to new bone tissue. That is what prevents bone loss in your jaw.
Your implant also can support a dental crown. Modern crowns are made with durable ceramic materials. This gives them a natural look, and it means you can bite and chew with them practically as easy as you could with your real teeth.
The implant and crown combination also prevents the shifting we mentioned above. It fills the gap in your smile, so you can smile and speak without worry, too.
To put it simply, this is the closest thing you can get to growing a new tooth.
Enjoy Your New Tooth
Losing a tooth doesn’t have to hurt you, your smile, or your oral health. By investing in a dental implant and crown from Dr. Felton’s office in Chester, VA, you can feel like yourself again.