Will Dental Implants Affect the Natural, Adjacent Teeth? - Dr. Colin Richman

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Will Dental Implants Affect the Natural, Adjacent Teeth?

May 4, 2012

By: Dr. Colin Richman

Our natural teeth are independent units that have a specific place within our mouth where they belong and function. Although single units, the teeth act as one allowing us to eat, speak and smile with confidence. When one is lost, the others are impacted in that the remaining teeth may drift toward that lost component over time, but that will not occur if that loss is replaced with a dental implant.

Dental implants are small devices made from titanium that are surgically placed in the gum tissue and bone where tooth loss has occurred. After the implant has healed, the goal is for the implant to fuse to bone tissue acting like the root of your natural tooth.

Consequently, a dental implant will act as close to your own natural tooth as possible. There will be no impact on adjacent teeth when an implant is placed. However, failure to act on tooth loss can definitely have an impact on adjacent teeth.

Many patients believe that tooth loss, especially a back tooth that does not appear in the smile line, is no big deal. But this misconception can do much harm.

In placing a dental implant, your periodontist will provide you with the tools needed to regain functionality and prevent the surrounding teeth from being impacted from tooth loss.

If the teeth start to shift toward the open space created by a lost tooth, the impact can be felt in numerous ways. Drifting teeth create a malocclusion. When the natural bite is affected, this can create discomfort for the mouth, neck, head, jaws and even cause earaches. Grinding teeth and clenching are often due to an abnormal bite. All of these problems could be averted with a dental implant to supplement tooth loss.

Once tooth loss has occurred the bone that was once supported by the root of the tooth will start to deteriorate. At this point, problems with the surrounding gum tissue may result as strong and healthy gum tissue relies on bone strength to support teeth.

In placing a dental implant, your periodontist will provide you with the tools needed to regain functionality and prevent the surrounding teeth from being impacted from tooth loss. As the implant heals, the surrounding bone tissue will regenerate and become strong once again.

The final restoration will match the shape and shade of your surrounding teeth making the implant virtually undetectable. Those adjacent teeth, along with the new implant and restoration, will restore the ability to eat, speak and smile with ease.

If you are in need of tooth replacement in Roswell, contact the office of Dr. Colin Richman to learn more about the benefits of dental implants.

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