Could dental implants replace your missing teeth for life?
When you lose a tooth you may feel like it’s the last thing you want to think about, but if you just ignore the problem it doesn’t mean it will go away. In fact, the issue will just get worse. There are so many other complications that you could face if you never treat your tooth loss, which is why our Slidell, LA family dentists, Dr. Kristie Reine and Dr. Edmund Ring, are here to provide some basic information about dental implants.
What could happen if I ignore my tooth loss?
Whether you are missing one or several teeth you now have gaps in your smile. If you don’t replace the missing tooth you may start to notice a shift in the rest of your teeth, as they begin to move into that open space. This can cause some serious misalignments and crookedness, and if you’ve had braces in the past this could certainly reverse those results, which we are pretty sure no one wants.
But this isn’t the only issue you’ll face. The jawbone needs stimulation from the tooth roots to function properly. When you lose a tooth, those tooth roots are no longer there to stimulate the jawbone. As a result, the jawbone begins to deteriorate.
What can you do?
You may be wondering what you can do to prevent these problems from happening. While other restorations like dental bridges can certainly replace your missing tooth and prevent teeth from shifting around, the key lies in making sure your jawbone is getting the stimulation it needs. The only way to truly be able to do this is with dental implants.
Dental implants act like tooth roots. Our Slidell dentists will place the implant into the jawbone where they will naturally fuse together over the course of several months. Besides having a stable, long-term foundation from which to support a dental restoration like a crown, an implant can also preserve the health of your jawbone.
If you think you would be an ideal candidate for dental implants then it’s time to find out if you are by calling Lakeshore Family Dentistry in Slidell, LA today. We are always here to serve you and your smile.