People often wrongly believe that a tooth (a decayed or injured tooth that is a threat to their oral and general health and is a source of pain and discomfort) stops being a problem once its gone, either through an extraction, or just time (eventually, a damaged or infected tooth will eventually fall out).
Unfortunately, that’s just the beginning of the real trouble! Missing teeth make it painful and more difficult for you to eat and chew food properly, impairs your ability to speak, and the remaining teeth will even begin to move out of alignment, thanks to the gaps between them. Worse, the jaw eventually becomes misaligned; this causes bite force to be distributed incorrectly, leading to cracks and fractures in the healthy teeth you have left.
Missing teeth also cause your face to have that sunken look that is often associated with someone who has lost many teeth (which usually leads to more hurtful assumptions about who you are as a person).
In our blog this month, we’ve been focusing on dental implants. We want everyone in our local community (and the Cincinnati, OH area in general) to have a better understanding of the benefits of dental implants and the advantages they have over other alternative treatments (dentures and dental bridges).
Do you have missing teeth?
If the answer to any of these questions is yes, you should consider dental implants!
At Anderson Dental Care, we will create a treatment plan specifically for you to help replace your missing teeth with teeth implants! Dental implants are a permanent solution to tooth loss, with none of the drawbacks of dentures (slippage, poor fit, and risk of infection) and bridges (constant replacement, damage to natural teeth, and increased risk of infection and periodontal disease).
Dental Implants: What to Expect During Treatment
First, your dentist will examine your teeth and oral tissues (your gums, but others as well) for disease and other damage that could create complications for dental implants. Additionally, your dentist will evaluate the bone density in your jaw; this is important as it is the bone that ultimately holds the implant in place.
Your dentist will create a treatment plan for you to get your implants installed as soon as possible. It is possible that you may not be a good candidate for dental implants; if so, your dentist will help you find another solution that will best suit your needs. Because teeth are often lost due to disease and infection (primarily gum disease), your treatment plan may include addressing those problems and any others before teeth implants can be placed. Your general health will also be a major factor in determining if you can get implants, because certain diseases (such as diabetes, arthritis, and autoimmune disorders) can cause major complications for some patients seeking dental implants.
Once your dentist has made a complete evaluation (and all serious oral health problems are treated), Anderson Dental Care will refer you to an oral surgeon who will actually place your tooth implant.
During the installation procedure, you will be under general anesthesia and you will feel no discomfort or pain.
Once sufficient healing has taken place, your dentist at Anderson Dental Care will place your implant crown (an artificial tooth that looks, feels, and functions exactly as your natural teeth). Over time the anchor of the implant will merge with the bone in your jaw, making your jaw’s hold on the implant even stronger.
What are Implant Supported Dentures?
If you aren’t able to receive standard dental implants, you may be able to get implant supported dentures.
Implant supported dentures use smaller implants; instead of holding an artificial tooth in place, these implants hold a set of dentures. These dentures are better than conventional dentures because they “snap on” the implants. This prevents the dentures from slipping and moving out of place, which can cause a great deal of discomfort, embarrassment, and even increase the risk of infections. Implant supported dentures are also beneficial in that the implants protect your bone and gums so they stay healthy, allowing you to keep your smile in place.
Get Your Smile Back!
A smile that is healthy and attractive is crucial if you want to live a full and successful life.
Don’t let missing teeth make you miss out!
If you aren’t able to get dental implants, we also offer dentures (as well as implant supported dentures) and dental bridges which are also effective at protecting you from the problems caused by teeth lost to trauma or disease.
Call our office and make an appointment today! Dial (513) 231-7755, or click here for our online appointment form.