Unfortunately, the loss of natural teeth is an all too common dental concern. Trauma, decay, age, congenital defects, and gum disease are only a few of the causes of tooth loss. Many people believe that missing teeth are not a problem unless they show in their smile; this is simply not true. It would be a wise investment to seek the services of an implant dentist. Phoenix residents can rely on the expertise of Dr. Sameet Koppikar and the superb staff at Biltmore Dental Center. No matter what the reason for tooth loss may be, it is important to replace missing teeth, for reasons that go far beyond aesthetics:
- Missing teeth can influence what you eat, and how well you are able to chew it. Nutrition and digestion can be impaired, which can affect your physical health.
- Adjacent teeth will shift into the gap left by missing teeth. This can result in problems with the bite (malocclusion), which can cause jaw pain and excessive wear on the opposing teeth.
- Missing and drifting teeth can make it difficult to brush and floss properly. The gaps can harbor harmful bacteria, which may trigger the onset or advancement of periodontal (gum) disease.
- The jawbone will deteriorate (resorb) where a tooth is missing. The longer a tooth is missing, the greater the bone loss is.
- Remaining natural teeth must bear a greater load when chewing, resulting in premature wear and possible damage. There will be a “domino effect” – losing one tooth will lead to losing more teeth.
Missing teeth can be replaced by a fixed bridge, however, fixed bridges can be difficult to clean and have a much shorter life expectancy than dental implants. Partial or complete dentures are additional options for the restoration of lost teeth, but are very bulky and feel very unnatural.
Dental Implants are the gold standard for replacing missing teeth. This is due to their high success rate (95%), longevity, stability, and strength. Even more important, dental implants stimulate the jawbone, preventing bone loss. They can mimic a natural tooth in stability, functionality, and appearance.
An implant may be recommended as the treatment of choice after a dental emergency if the tooth cannot be saved. They may also be used cosmetically to fill unsightly gaps or to replace a disfigured tooth. Call (602) 954-8200 today to learn if an implant may resolve your dental concerns.