If you are missing a few teeth in your smile, you should know that it can affect much more than how people perceive you. Patients who are missing teeth are at increased risk for poor nutrition, tooth decay, and even jaw deterioration.
To prevent serious oral health issues, our Grand Rapids dentists at Complete Health Dentistry will determineif you are a candidate for dental implants or other dental restorations. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root (typically made of titanium) we place in your jaw to later support a crown. Contact us today with any questions you may have about dental implants.
In this blog post, we will go over how dental implants can improve your smile and overall oral health. If you are interested in learning more about the dentists today to schedule a consultation. The include being able to eat a well-balanced diet, as well as preventing tooth decay and further tooth loss., call one of our
How Do Dental Implants Work?
A dental implant is a titanium post we place in your jaw to act as an artificial tooth root. After the initial dental implant procedure, this post will fuse to your jawbone during a process called osseointegration. It will take a few months for your jawbone to heal and your dental implant to stabilize. Once your dental implant is firmly rooted in your jawbone, one of our dentists will place the crown over top. This crown will give you the look and function of a natural tooth.
Keeps Teeth in Place and Prevents Cavities
Your teeth are held in place by tooth roots under the surface of your gums and surrounding teeth. This means that when you lose a tooth, you also lose part of what was supporting nearby teeth. Teeth that have nothing to lean against begin to tilt toward the open space and can even become loose over time.
Shifted teeth are also more vulnerable to tooth decay, which can lead to further tooth loss. To prevent further damage to your smile, we recommend consulting with one of our knowledgeable dentists to see if you are a candidate for dental implants.
Maintains Healthy Jawbone Tissue
Tooth roots help stimulate the bone cells in your jawbone. However, when you lose a tooth, your jawbone loses this stimulation and begins to deteriorate. In other words, your jawbone needs pressure from tooth roots in order to remain healthy.
The only way to stop jaw deterioration after losing a tooth is to fill the empty space with a dental implant. However, the longer you wait to start the dental implant process, the more difficult it will be to repair your smile. In severe cases, jawbone loss can lead to jaw shrinkage and facial collapse. Both of these can make you look older than your chronological age, which is why we recommend you check out our blog post on how to look younger with dental implants.
Helps You Eat a Well-Balanced Diet
When you are missing a tooth, it can be difficult eating your favorite foods. When this happens, you may restrict your diet to only those foods that are least painful to eat with the teeth you have left. Sometimes this means patients aren’t able to eat foods rich in the nutrients they need to be healthy.
It’s important to understand that your oral health is part of a larger system. When you are unable to eat nutrient-rich foods, it can have an effect on the bones in your body. It’s not uncommon for people who are missing one or more teeth to suffer from tooth decay and jawbone deterioration resulting from poor diets. Check out another blog post we wrote about how you can enjoy more foods with dental implants.
Whether you need one or several of your teeth replaced, you may want to talk to one of our dentists about 3 signs you need dental implants.. Dental implants are a serious commitment, which is why it’s important you have all the facts so you can make an informed decision about your oral health. To learn more, check out our blog post on the
Dr. Nick Ritzema and Dr. Alexandra Maring are dental implant dentists in Grand Rapids, MI. To request an appointment and learn if you’re a candidate for , call Complete Health Dentistry at (616) 458-7267.