When you’re missing a tooth, it impacts every aspect of your life. It may be that you feel uncomfortable talking or smiling, or perhaps you’re no longer able to enjoy the foods you’re used to eating. However, did you know that missing a tooth is affecting your oral health as well?
When you’re missing one or more teeth, without replacements, your remaining teeth begin to shift. This leads to misalignment of your bite, which can cause further damage to remaining teeth and lead to issues with your jaw or a joint disorder known as TMJ. It also puts you at an increased risk for gum disease. Over time, your jawbone will also begin to resorb (lose density), which can also affect the health of your remaining teeth.
How Can I Replace a Missing Tooth?
Modern dentistry offers many great options for replacing missing teeth, and the best of these options is dental implants. A dental implant uses biocompatible materials to replace your missing tooth and root. Because your root is replaced, your new tooth is well supported so that you’re able to eat and chew normally. Another benefit is that your jawbone will not lose density and resorb, preserving its integrity.
Your new tooth is a porcelain crown that attaches to your new root and is designed to match your existing teeth so that it naturally completes your smile. You’ll be able to brush and floss your implant crown just as you would a regular tooth, which preserves your oral health.
Your new root is made of titanium while your new tooth is made of the highest quality ceramics. Both of these materials are biocompatible and designed to be durable and long lasting. With proper care and regular oral check-ups, dental implants can often last a lifetime.
Will I Be Referred Out for My Dental Implant?
The answer to this question is no. Dr. Coussa and his team have gone through specialized training, which allows him to have dental implants placed in the office and see you through the entire restorative process from start to finish.
There is some healing time that takes place in between placing your root and then placing your crown. Dr. Coussa will be monitoring your healing process and then designing and placing your new crown once healing is complete.
Dr. Coussa will educate you about the process and make sure you’re at ease the entire time. Placement of dental implants is actually quite comfortable, and most patients find that it’s less traumatic than the extraction of a tooth.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Almost anyone who has lost a tooth is a candidate for dental implants. Dr. Coussa will meet with you to evaluate your oral health, determine if you’re a good candidate for implants, and go over the procedure with you.
Contact our office today to schedule your free consultation to determine if dental implants are the right option for you.