Missing teeth can cause you to feel self-conscious about your appearance and can make eating and speaking a challenge.
Our society makes assumptions about people with missing teeth, and though those judgments are not fair, they are common. Chances are that you will want to replace your missing teeth eventually. The sooner you take action, the greater chance you will have to avoid complications.
Missing Teeth and Bone Loss
Did you know that having missing teeth also puts your oral health at risk? When you lose a tooth, the natural tendency is for the adjacent teeth to tip or tilt toward the gap in your smile. This shifting creates problems with your occlusion (bite) and may cause periodontal disease.
Additionally, tooth loss disrupts the relationship between your roots and bone. Your roots stimulate your bone to constantly renew itself and your bone holds the roots of your teeth in place, creating stability. When you lose a tooth, it disrupts that relationship and your bone may begin to recede at the site of your tooth loss.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants mimic your natural teeth and preserve the relationship between your teeth and bone. Since the dental implant itself is made of biocompatible metals and integrates with your body in a process called osseointegration, dental implants can preserve your bone and protect your other teeth. Dental implants not only improve your smile, but also keep your teeth from shifting.
Since dental implants mimic your natural teeth, they are convenient and easy to care for. You can brush and floss them normally, without the need for special products or tools. Keeping your gums healthy is essential to the longevity of your dental implants.
Dental Implant Treatment
Dental implants have been around for decades. While the materials and the procedures have improved over time, the concept remains the same. At Schoen Family Dentistry, we utilize computer 3-D technology to place your implant in the best location, within microns, which may eliminate the need for additional bone grafting procedures that slow down your treatment.
Once we place your dental implant, we allow your implant time to heal properly. Sometimes we can perform immediate restoration, but in most cases, your dental implant will need several months to heal and allow osseointegration to occur.
Once healing is complete, Dr. Schoen will create your custom dental implant crown to complete your smile and chewing surface. Each implant is a custom creation designed to complement your current smile.
With over ten years of placing and restoring dental implants, you can count on reliable and successful results with Thomas Schoen, DDS.
Call Today to Schedule an Implant Evaluation
If you have missing teeth or you require an extraction, allow us to help you make a decision about the tooth replacement options that will provide you with the best results. Contact our Wabasha, MN dental office to set up a consultation with Dr. Schoen. We look forward to helping you achieve your goals regarding your oral health.