Reasons to Replace a Missing Tooth - Dr. Colin Richman

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Reasons to Replace a Missing Tooth

February 23, 2012

By: Dr. Colin Richman

A tooth lost to trauma, decay, or infection can be a real wake-up call as to how important each and every one of our teeth is to our day to day lives. Learning about implant dentistry can get you back on the road to return to the way of life enjoyed before losing one or several teeth.

We rely on our teeth when we speak to help us pronounce words correctly. And it goes without saying that trying to chew without all our teeth could drastically modify what we are able to eat. One of the most important issues related to a lost tooth is the loss of self-confidence because smiling can be embarrassing when we know we have a gap where a tooth should be.

A dental implant is a small device resembling a screw that is surgically placed in the gum tissue where the tooth used to be.

Aside from having to change eating habits and losing self-confidence, tooth loss that is not rectified can result in other dental problems. Teeth can shift resulting in bite issues creating a malocclusion which can lead to grinding or clenching of teeth. This can lead to a variety of other problems, one of which is associated with TMJ.

There is a wonderful solution that offers a permanent replacement for that lost tooth. Dental implants can replace one or several lost teeth allowing the patient to return to the lifestyle once enjoyed prior to tooth loss.

A dental implant is a small device resembling a screw that is surgically placed in the gum tissue where the tooth used to be. The implant is usually made from titanium giving it strength to last a lifetime. As the implant heals, it will fuse to the bone allowing the implant to act much like the root of your natural tooth. The healing process generally takes four to six months.

Once the healing process is completed, a final restoration is permanently cemented making that gap a distant memory. Your dentist can match the shape and shade of the final restoration to the surrounding teeth making your dental implant undetectable.

You now have a full set of teeth allowing you to eat, speak, and smile naturally. There are no worries about slippage, as with other prosthetic appliances, because the implant has now become a permanent part of your dental anatomy.

Implant dentistry can return you to a way of life once enjoyed before tooth loss. If you are interested in dental implants, call the Roswell office of Dr. Colin Richman to schedule a consultation.

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