If you have recently lost a tooth, you understand how difficult performing normal activities can be. It can cause embarrassment with your smile’s appearance when viewing the new gap. A missing tooth impacts your ability to speak and will affect your ability to bite and chew your food. Your jaw alignment can shift as you attempt to eat around the missing area. Fortunately, your Cerritos, CA dentist offers a restorative procedure to return strength to your bite and mimic the missing tooth’s natural appearance. Placing a dental implant can reverse the difficulties associated with tooth loss. Discover the advantages of this permanent restoration that can return joy to your smile.
Progressive Harm From A Gap In Your Teeth
Losing a tooth is more than just a cosmetic issue affecting your appearance. Gaps in your smile remove support from remaining neighboring teeth and can cause them to shift and become loose. One missing tooth can lead to additional losses when we do not fill the gap. Over time, you can develop stiffness and pain as your jaw shifts in awkward positions to work around the missing tooth while eating. Furthermore, the loss of the tooth’s root removes vital stimulation of the jawbone which signals the brain to provide resources that replenish bone health. The bone begins to deteriorate because the brain no longer knows that it is in use. A deteriorated jaw bone can cause your face to sag and sink in the missing area, creating an excessively aged appearance.
Receiving Your Dental Implant
Your dentist will perform a full examination to determine if you are a candidate for an implant-held prosthesis. Once approved, the dentist will insert a small post made of titanium directly into your jawbone which simulates a tooth’s root. This procedure typically lasts one hour and is followed by a multiple month long recovery period. While your mouth heals, the tissues of your jaw fuse to the post and solidify the implantation. After receiving your post, you become eligible for placement of a custom dental crown. The crown restores the visual appearance of the missing tooth by selecting materials that match the shade of its neighbors. In combination with the post, the crown transfers bite force to your jaw and maintains the bone’s health.
Speak With Your Cerritos, CA Dentist Office About Restoring Missing Teeth With Dental Implants!
Prosthodontic restorations improve the appearance and function of your smile after experiencing tooth loss. Our office offers consultation to design and place treatments that restore your confidence in the health of your smile. For more information and to schedule a visit, contact our Cerritos, CA dentist’s office at 562-584-4082. We serve patients from the surrounding communities of Lakewood, Long Beach, and Buena Park as well.