Although unfortunate, losing a tooth can occasionally be a part of life. An automobile accident or a sports injury can suddenly knock out a front tooth. Large amounts of decay or other oral diseases can lead to the need for teeth to be pulled. While you may be tempted to save money and do nothing for your missing tooth, you should know that there are several problems with this mindset.
Missing Tooth Problems
Teeth that are whole and healthy are firmly implanted into your jawbone through long roots. When a tooth is lost, the other teeth around it may shift to fill this spot. This can lead to a poor bite, difficulty chewing or talking and cosmetic issues with your smile. In addition, the gap that remains even after tooth shifting can be problematic because the jawbone will gradually decrease in size, leading to issues with overall oral health and facial structure. Without a strong jawbone, the rest of your teeth are also in danger.
Many years ago, full or partial dentures were often the answer to the problem of missing teeth. However, because they only sit on the gums and are not implanted into the jawbone, they come with many problems. They often slip when you are eating hard or sticky foods, or they make speech difficult. Major breakdown of your jawbone is also a big problem. Therefore, today, there are better options.
The Superiority of Today’s Dental Implants
The best solution today is the dental implant. The implant is attached directly into the jawbone with a metal screw. After the screw has been in place for a set amount of time, a dental crown can be placed on top of it. This crown will look just like your other teeth and will provide a strong surface for eating nearly any food. In fact, many of our patients are amazed at just how much like a regular tooth an implant looks. Because plenty of pressure will still be placed on your jawbone, you should not experience any bone loss.
If you are dealing with a missing tooth, our team at Implant Dentistry of Virginia wants to help you love your smile again. Contact us today to book an appointment in Virginia Beach and learn about your best option for replacing a missing tooth.