The Importance of Replacing Missing Teeth with Dental Implants

Dental implants

If you’ve lost a tooth as an adult, you know it can affect your self-confidence. Missing teeth damage your smile, and multiple missing teeth can affect the look of your face. Without a full set of teeth inside your mouth, your face can look wrinkled and hollow, making you look older than you really are.

But did you know that missing teeth affect more than your confidence? Losing teeth — and not replacing them — can hurt the health of your other teeth, your mouth, and your whole body. Teeth play an important role in your mouth, and when one is missing, the others can’t work like they’re supposed to.

Dental implants are a modern, popular solution to missing teeth. Whether you’ve lost teeth due to age, decay, or injury, implants are a permanent, natural solution to replace them. William Schiro, DDS, and the team at Michigan Maxillofacial Surgery and Implant Center are proud to repair the smiles of people of all ages with dental implants.

Dental implants permanently replace lost teeth

Dr. Schiro often recommends implants for patients who are missing one or more teeth, but have an otherwise healthy jawbone. Dental implants are a customizable solution to help fix a variety of oral complications that come along with missing teeth. Dental implants often require a few office visits over a period of months.

After determining that implants are the best choice to replace your missing tooth, Dr. Schiro surgically implants the titanium post. After the procedure, your jawbone will naturally fuse to the post, permanently securing it inside your mouth. This can take a few months as your body heals.

Next, Dr. Schiro attaches the artificial tooth to the top of the titanium implant. The artificial tooth is custom-developed for your mouth, matching the size, shape, and color of your natural teeth to ensure a seamless look.

Your dental implant will look realistic, and you’ll be able to care for it by following the same proper oral hygiene practices as you do for your natural teeth. Dental implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth, filling in the gap left behind, preventing bone deterioration, and protecting your remaining natural teeth.

Replace missing teeth for a healthy smile

Replacing missing teeth with dental implants is an important step to maintain oral health, as well as your overall wellness. When you lose a tooth as an adult, it interferes with your mouth’s ability to function normally. All your teeth work with your jaw to help you chew and speak, and when you lose a tooth, additional damage can result.

A missing tooth can cause any number of problems, including:

Losing a tooth can make your other teeth shift out of place and disrupt your bite, causing more damage inside your mouth. The bone deterioration and gum changes that come along with tooth loss can weaken your other teeth and make them fall out, too.

With dental implants, your jawbone doesn’t deteriorate. Your gum has an artificial tooth to grow around that replaces the lost tooth, and your bite is no longer disrupted by the empty space. A proper bite means that teeth don’t shift or receive unnatural pressure as you chew.

Dental implants are a comfortable, natural-looking solution for missing teeth. And because they help maintain normal oral function, implants can go a long way toward keeping keep your smile bright. To set up a consultation where you can learn more about dental implants, call one of our offices in Lansing or St. John’s, Michigan.

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