Losing one or more of your natural teeth could lead to issues with the appearance of your smile, and also have negative impacts on your overall oral health. In order to help people with missing teeth, your North Hollywood, CA, dentist takes a cosmetic approach by creating and placing dental implants that look natural, while also restoring the health and function of your smile.
The Dangers of Tooth Loss
Losing even one tooth could mean trouble for your oral health. Obviously, losing a tooth is an esthetic issue that could cause embarrassment. But the loss of your tooth also means the body is no longer sending doses of calcium and phosphorus to the jawbone around the lost tooth root. Without these nutrients, the bone tissue begins to break down, which could lead to further tooth loss over time. Missing teeth could also mean surrounding teeth drift, causing misalignment! The loss of a tooth also impacts how we eat, and could strain the jaw joints, leading to a higher risk of TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding).
Placing a Dental Implant
A dental implant is a small screw-like device created from titanium. Using CT technology, we choose the optimal placement area and guide the placement of the dental implant into the jawbone. Since titanium is biocompatible, this means the implant bonds with the jawbone like a natural tooth root. Not only does this offer greater stability, but it stimulates the growth of jawbone tissue by causing the body to resume the flow of nutrients to the jawbone. While dentures and bridges need replacement as the jaw ridge changes, this option prevents the loss of jawbone structure, ensuring your new teeth can last decades, possibly even a lifetime!
Restoring Your Smile
We’ve talked about the root portion, but what about the crown, the part people see when you smile? We will create a custom-made crown from ceramic, a strong material that can be shaded to blend with the rest of your smile. Ceramic offers a durable and dependable chewing surface. We attach them to the new root with an abutment. Your smile will look beautiful, and you will enjoy restored health and functions. If you have any questions about missing teeth or implant dentistry, then please contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Implant Dentistry?
With implant dentistry, we can provide lifelike and long-lasting replacement options for people suffering from tooth loss. For more information on addressing tooth loss, then schedule a consultation by calling Modern Smiles in North Hollywood, CA, today at 818-763-9353. We also proudly serve patients who live in Burbank, Toluca Lake, and all surrounding communities.