Losing your tooth to disease or physical trauma can be upsetting in more ways than one. While you may feel embarrassed by the appearance of a gap in your smile, a missing tooth can also cause significant threats to your oral health. Left untreated, you risk losing additional teeth and experiencing accelerated wear and tear from an improper bite. For this reason, seeking restoration with a tooth implant can return your full set of teeth and help prevent the harm associated with dental loss.
Your Cerritos, CA dentist has years of experience providing prosthetics that restore the comfort of your bite and prioritize providing a lifelike appearance. By inserting an implant post into your jaw, we can provide a treatment that mimics your natural tooth. With this therapy, you no longer have to settle for a hole in your grin!
The Harm of Losing Your Tooth
Because each tooth in your smile provides important support for your bite, a single loss disrupts its operation. When you have a full set of teeth, each member has a corresponding member on the opposite row of your mouth. By losing a tooth, the remaining member of the pair no longer has a partner to complete the application of your bite. Teeth that once held secure begin to drift into the open area and further misalign your dentition. As you awkwardly move your jaw in unnatural positions to account for the loss, certain teeth take a disproportionate amount of force from your bite. This accelerates their wear and can erode your enamel. Therefore, when you fail to replace a missing tooth, you are susceptible to decay and gum disease associated with enamel erosion.
When healthy, a tooth transfers the force of your bite through its roots into your jawbone and signals your brain that the bone is in use. The nervous system directs nutrients for maintaining your jaw and supports a strong bite. Conversely, when you lose a tooth, you lose this signal and the body begins a process called resorption that sends its tissues elsewhere. By restoring your tooth with a dental implant, you can return the signal and help maintain your bone health!
Placing Your Dental Implant
To restore your bite and replicate the appearance of your missing tooth, we can determine if you are a candidate for implantation. By inserting a titanium post into your jawbone, we can attach a dental crown above your gumline. The post and crown work in concert to provide support for years to come!
Speak With Your Cerritos, CA Dentist’s Office About Replacing Your Missing Tooth!
A dental implant can improve your bite after losing a tooth. This restoration supports your jaw health by returning stimulation to the bone when you chew. For more information on this treatment, contact your Cerritos, CA dentist at 562-584-4082. We serve patients from all surrounding communities such as Lakewood, Long Beach, and Buena Park.