Replacing Missing Teeth
Missing teeth affect your entire body. A missing tooth can affect your bite, speech, and eating choices. As you rely more on your remaining teeth, you increase the chance they’ll wear out early on in life, become damaged or even lost. You may also experience head and jaw pain.
In addition, the natural consequence of missing teeth is that the jaw literally begins to melt away; people will lose approximately 25% of their supporting jaw bone structure within the first year after tooth loss.
Dental implants are more easily placed when teeth are first extracted since bone replacement becomes more difficult and complex as time passes. Thankfully, dental implants act just like your natural teeth. They safeguard and preserve your bone structure, oral health, and appearance. Dr. Cristoforo will provide you with options so that you can make the most informed decision concerning tooth replacement.
Tooth Replacement Options
Anyone missing one or more teeth is a good candidate for dental implants. However, smoking, certain diseases, and radiation therapy to the area have all been shown to lower the success rate of dental implant placement. X-rays of your jaw must be taken to evaluate whether they will accommodate dental implants.
Why Dental Implants?
There are several reasons to choose dental implants over a dental bridge.
A dental bridge can sacrifice the structure of healthy teeth that surround the area to bridge the gap of the missing tooth. In addition, removing a denture at night is inconvenient, not to mention they slip and can be quite uncomfortable to wear.