While periodontal disease is the major cause of adult tooth loss, there are other reasons you may lose a tooth or need one extracted. The fact is that once you are missing a tooth, your oral health can be in peril. The root of your tooth helps keep your jawbone healthy, while both the root and the crown help keep your teeth in alignment. Once you are missing a tooth, your underlying jawbone will begin to atrophy, which can lead to more tooth loss, and your teeth can become crooked. So, if you are experiencing adult tooth loss, let’s do something about it!
Replace Your Tooth With A Dental Implant
You can replace a single tooth, or a few teeth in a row, with a dental bridge. You can replace a missing tooth here and there–as long as they are on the same dental ridge–with a partial denture which can be configured around your remaining teeth. However, the most true-to-life, long-lasting, and stable prosthetic for replacing teeth is a dental implant. A dental implant replaces the root of your tooth. The biocompatible titanium implant post is surgically “implanted” into your jawbone and fuses with the bone, providing the same stability as your original tooth root. When the healing process is complete, which usually takes from four to six months, the implant is topped with a prosthetic tooth that blends in with your surrounding dentition.
If you are missing a tooth, or even several in different parts of your mouth, call Dr. Huffstutler for a complete evaluation and tooth replacement recommendations.