Naturally, the effects of tooth loss vary from person to person and depend on the number and location of the teeth you’ve lost. If you’ve lost a crown, you have lost the visible part of your tooth. If you have lost the root as well, you have lost the unseen part of your tooth and, indeed, the most important part of your tooth.
The root anchors the tooth to your jawbone providing support for the crown of your tooth. Without the root, the bone around the missing tooth will gradually recede, remaining teeth will shift, and chewing will become more difficult with time.
For those who have lost all of their teeth in their upper or lower jaws, the long-term problems are even greater. This is because bone shrinks after tooth loss; nerves become exposed, resulting in pain and dentures that lack support. Loose fitting dentures compound problems, lead to sore gum tissue, and additional pain.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Each tooth is made up of a crown and a root. The crown is the visible portion of your tooth, while the unseen root anchors the crown to the jawbone, providing stable support. Many options are available for replacing a crown, but only dental implants can replace the root. If the root is not replaced, shrinkage of the jawbone occurs, leading to further tooth loss – and even making your face look older. Dental implants can stop this process.
Missing teeth, whether single or multiple, will not only destroy the aesthetics of your smile but will also cause drifting, twisting, and over-eruption of your remaining teeth. This disruption in the positioning of your teeth may affect your eating and speaking.
- Eat Whatever You Want – Whenever You Want It – Dental implants can restore lost chewing efficiency. This allows you to once again enjoy your favorite foods without thinking twice about it.
- Long Term Tooth Replacement – A false tooth without a root that is part of a bridge is only a temporary tooth replacement. When a root is missing, bone continues to shrink and creates a visible defect under the false tooth. Implants preserve bone health and minimize additional dental work. Most Nobel Biocare dental implant patients can expect lifelong replacement of their lost teeth.
- No Special Care Required – Dental implants are easy to maintain – as easy as your natural teeth. With daily brushing and flossing, your new dental implants should last a lifetime. No daily removal or messy adhesives as you would have with dentures.
The doctors and staff at The Colorado Center for Implant and Prosthetic Dentistry are available to help you determine effective solutions to all of your dental problems. If you would like more information from your Littleton area Prosthodontist, please call to make an appointment today.