Tooth loss causes a person’s smile to change dramatically, but it is also a problem for their oral health. Your ability to eat can be compromised by the absence of just a single tooth. If multiple teeth are missing, it can make it difficult for you to maintain a varied, healthy diet. In addition to changing your bite function, tooth loss can make you vulnerable to the loss of jawbone mass, and it can make you more likely to lose more teeth. At our Prairie Village, KS dentist’s office, patients who have experienced tooth loss can learn what dental implants are capable of doing for them. With the support of implants, your dental prosthetic can provide functional as well as cosmetic benefits, and you can avoid long-term complications from the loss of a tooth’s roots!
How Tooth Loss Can Change A Person’s Oral Health
While prosthetic dental work is often focused on addressing the absence of a crown (the portion of a tooth above the gum line), the loss of your tooth’s roots also affects you. With these roots missing, neighboring teeth roots can shift even if you have a prosthetic in place to keep neighboring crowns from moving. This loss also means the loss of stimulation for your jawbone, which can cause you to experience undesirable changes in the density of the bone.
Making Plans To Address Tooth Loss With Dental Implants
Dental implants occupy space where a tooth’s roots once resided. To find the right location and angle for placement, your dentist will closely study your jaw. During this preliminary review, we will also make sure that there are no issues with your oral or periodontal health that must be addressed before progressing with restorative dental work. We work out restoration plans for you if you just have one tooth to replace, or if you have several that are missing.
How Dental Implants Protect You Against The Loss Of Jawbone Density
The loss of jawbone density over time can affect your appearance as well as your well-being. Unfortunately, this is a common problem for people who lose teeth, even if they use a dental bridge or other appliance not held by an implant. With dental implants, it is possible to once against stimulate your jawbone, which signals for the delivery of nutrients to keep the bone healthy.
Talk To Dr. Browne About Prosthetic Work With Dental Implants
Dr. Browne can meet with patients suffering from tooth loss and walk them through the benefits of treatment with dental implants. If you would like to learn more about our restorative services, or if there are any other issues with your oral health we can discuss, please contact our Prairie Village, KS dental office today at 913-901-8585.