When you lose even a single tooth, this could mean serious complications for the health and function of your smile, not to mention your overall appearance! Fortunately, your Los Angeles, CA, dentist knows how to help prevent tooth loss, and how to use advanced dental implants to replace one or more missing teeth.
The Causes Of Missing Teeth
While a tooth could become lost due to injury or as a result of an advanced case of tooth decay or infection, the most common cause of adult tooth loss is gum disease. When we develop periodontal disease, this grows more severe with time unless managed with routine care both at home and in our office. Soon, the disease could reach an advanced stage known as periodontitis. At this stage, the tissues that connect the teeth and gums become severed, and the person suffers from the loss of one or more teeth. Which is why if you notice changes to your gum tissues, such as soreness, redness, or bleeding when you brush and floss, you should let us know!
Long-Term Dangers of Missing Teeth
The body will take notice of your missing teeth and suspend the flow of key nutrients to the jawbone around them. Which means the bone tissue could lose mass and density and as a result, lead to further tooth loss and even an aged appearance. Missing teeth also has also been linked to misalignment, TMJ disorder, and bruxism.
Placing and Restoring Dental Implants
To address tooth loss, we may place a dental implant. The process involves surgically inserting a biocompatible screw-like device made from titanium. The implant then bonds with bone tissue through osseointegration, accepted as a natural tooth root. This resumes the flow of nutrients and prevents further loss of jawbone tissue, preserving your smile and facial structure. We then add an abutment and attach a custom crown to address the visible portion of your smile. In addition to addressing a single missing tooth, we can also use multiple ones to secure a fixed denture. Unlike traditional bridges or removable dentures, dental implants can last for decades, possibly even a lifetime! If you have any questions about preventing tooth loss or replacing missing teeth with dental implants, then please contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Implant Dentistry?
Our team offers advanced implant dentistry to address missing teeth and restore health, beauty, and function to your smile once again. Maintaining your smile helps you enjoy optimal oral health and a better quality of life. If you want to learn more about replacing one or more missing teeth, then contact Dr. Ivan Lapidus in Los Angeles, CA, by calling (310) 446-4867. We’re proud to serve residents of the San Luis Obispo area!