If you’ve lost a permanent tooth due to trauma, decay, or gum disease, you aren’t alone. Many people lose at least one during their adult years, but that doesn’t have to mar your smile or your oral health. The doctors at West Chester Dental Group bring modern tooth replacement options to patients throughout the Cincinnati area.
Why should you replace a lost tooth?
Nature designed your mouth to perform most efficiently as a cohesive unit. Each part – teeth, soft tissues, bone, and muscles – plays an important role in maintaining working harmony.
When a tooth is congenitally missing, knocked out, or has to be extracted, it upsets the balance. The gap allows other teeth to shift out of position, creating tension on the jaw joint. Just one missing tooth can trigger TMJ disorder and headaches, and cause teeth to wear unevenly.
As teeth gradually move out of alignment, nooks, crannies, tight spots, and overlaps are created. It becomes more difficult to keep teeth clean, even with diligent brushing and flossing. A mouth with crooked teeth is more prone to decay and gum disease.
What are your options?
Obviously, doing nothing is not a good option. Traditional dental techniques include fixed bridges and partial dentures. A bridge consists of an artificial tooth suspended between porcelain crowns on the teeth on either side of the gap. Those teeth are shaped (ground down) so that the crowns can be cemented into place. A partial denture is a removable prosthetic containing one or more artificial teeth.
Those are sound solutions, but West Chester Dental Group would like to suggest something else – the best alternative to a natural tooth that modern dentistry has to offer.
Why dental implants?
With regular good oral hygiene, a dental implant is a lifetime restoration for a missing tooth. It looks natural, and feels and functions like the real thing.
The implant itself is a small cylinder of strong, biocompatible material. It is inserted precisely into the jawbone just where the roots of the missing tooth resided. Over time, the bone fuses solidly with the implant, forming a sturdy base for a porcelain crown. Because the implant mimics a natural tooth root, it provides vital stimulation to keep bone density healthy.
For more information on dental implants and a wide range of other healthy dental solutions, call West Chester Dental Group at (513)942-8181.