We rely on our teeth to chew properly, pronounce words correctly, and give us a boost of self-confidence when we smile. One or more lost teeth can lead to remaining teeth shifting creating a malocclusion and/or unwanted gaps between teeth. When back teeth are lost, chewing can become difficult resulting in eating foods that may not be as healthy or nutritious. You can replace lost teeth with dental implants, a very natural solution to tooth loss.
If you lose the ability to chew or are forced to chew primarily on one side, you might break down the only solid teeth you have left. But if you replace lost teeth for function, and not just aesthetics, you will be able to enjoy eating all the healthy foods you love and maintain your appearance.
When a permanent tooth is lost, the bone that held that tooth in place begins to deteriorate. This can lead in gum shrinkage which can ultimately impact your appearance.
The dental implant process begins with a discussion regarding your overall health followed by a thorough dental exam to make sure you have sufficient bone strength where the implant is to be placed. Tobacco use is discouraged as smoking and infection are the primary reasons a dental implant may fail.
Your dental provider will place a small titanium post in gum tissue where a tooth is missing. Titanium is most often used for its ability to resist rejection, and bone will fuse to this metal to provide a stable base for the restoration it will eventually support.
Great dental health contributes substantially to overall good health. Research has proven that there is a correlation between the condition of your teeth and gums and the health of your body. With that in mind, doing everything possible to maintain the integrity of all your teeth could be imperative to your quality and longevity of life.
Once your dental implant procedure is completed, caring for it is the same as the rest of your natural teeth. You need to brush twice daily with a fluoridated toothpaste, floss to remove debris missed by your toothbrush, and visit your dentist every six months for cleaning and dental exam. With proper care, your new tooth should serve you well for life.
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Mark E. Massaro, DDS
3150 East 41st Street
Wellington Square Suite 141
Tulsa, OK 74105
Dr. Mark Massaro is a Tulsa, OK dental professional dedicated to General, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry such as Dental Exams, Cleanings, X-rays, Smile Makeovers, Zoom Teeth Whitening, Lumineers, Crowns, & more.