Main Street Dental in Vista, CA specializes in cosmetic dentistry. In this article we will outline aspects of implant dentistry that you should know and consider before getting dental implants.
Are You Missing A Tooth?
The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons claims that nearly 70% of adults in the United States between the ages of 35-44 years old have at least one or more missing teeth. The most likely reported the cause of a lost tooth was –
- Tooth Decay
- Gum Disease
- Dental Fractures
In this article, we hope to assist you in your decision on whether dental implants are right for you, and perhaps what might be another option to consider such as dentures.
Why You Should Replace Missing Teeth?
When a patient loses a tooth, it’s quite common for us to hear patients ask, “ Do I even need to replace my teeth.” Typically this question arises when we see one tooth missing, where a patient is not overly concerned about their appearance. It is still important to replace or support a tooth that is missing even though you may not consider it to be a real issue.
Replacing A Lost Tooth Is Essential To Your Health.
Missing teeth affect everything from how your jaw closes, to how well you chew your food and overall structural alignment of the jaw. In fact, even with one or missing teeth, it’s possible to experience misalignment of the surrounding healthy teeth, gum issues, and a change in eating behaviors. The most important implication of leaving a missing tooth untreated by your dentist is the fact that a patient can experience bone erosion of the jaw. As indicated above, this can change the structure of the teeth, but it can also affect how you appear cosmetically. Over time, if a patient experiences bone erosion and they do decide to look into options for treatment, they may no longer be a candidate for dental implants.
Missing Teeth Can Cause Physical Symptoms
Patients with missing teeth often report the following symptoms. They can range in scale from being a nuisance to frequently in pain –
- Jaw Clicking
- Inability To Eat
- Certain Foods
- Gum Infections
- Concave Teeth Surrounding The Missing Tooth
- Damage To Surrounding Healthy Teeth
- Embarrassment in Social Situations
Not everyone experiences these symptoms. However, it’s good to be aware that if you are missing a tooth and have any of the above, then it could be due to a structural change in your jaw.
Dentures Vs. Dental Implants
Both dentures and dental implants can solve the problem when one needs to replace their teeth. However, the decision between dental implants or dentures comes down to a few factors –
- Cosmetic and natural smile preference
- Can you deal with removing dentures
- The types of food you eat
- How many teeth do you have missing
- How badly is the bone and gum erosion in the mouth
Dental implants and dentures are false teeth used to replace what is missing. However, dentures differ from implants because they need to be secured by adhesives. Due to this reason, a patient may experience a situation where their false teeth slip or fall out during the eating process. We often find this to be one of the main reasons why patients forgo dentures and decide to use a more permanent solution such as dental implants.
Dentures Are Best Suited For The Following People
- You have a smaller budget
- Your gums or jaw are unhealthy
- You have an infection
Dental implants mimic the form and function of your natural teeth providing a long lasting permanent solution.
Benefits Of Dental Implants
Dental Implants enhance your overall smile, and mimic the natural feel of your teeth. They also offer more chewing power then dentures and allow you an increased taste of your food. Overall, this cosmetic dentistry procedure provides the following benefits –
- A more comfortable and more secure way to eat
- Less worry about repair
- A permanent solution that won’t fall out
- A dental implant will fuse to your bone giving you structural stability
- A natural looking smile that matches your current teeth
- Several decades of scientific research that proves the effectiveness of dental implants
- Dental Implants stimulate bone growth in patients therefore maintaining the cosmetic appearance of the jawline
- Protect healthy teeth
- You can count on implants lasting a lifetime
At Main Street Dental, We Are Your Professional Cosmetic Dentistry Practice
FOR A LIMITED TIME, MAIN STREET DENTAL IS OFFERING ABSOLUTELY FREE COSMETIC DENTISTRY CONSULTATIONS!
If you have any questions about missing teeth, or how you can improve your health with dental implants, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our office. We are conveniently located in downtown Vista, CA within Vista Village.