Three Times Implants Can Save Your Smile
We have a passion for dental implants at our dentist office in New Albany, IN.
Why? Partly it’s because of the life experience of our own Dr. Ron Receveur, but mostly, it’s because we want all our patients to enjoy life as much as possible.
If that sounds strange, then you may not realize how devastating losing a tooth, multiple teeth, or all your teeth can be. Most people don’t give a lot of thought to losing their teeth until it happens.
This is in spite of the fact that the average American adult will lose three teeth during their lives, according to data from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.
If you lose teeth or someone you love loses teeth, our team at New Albany Implants is prepared to restore your smile and bring back your bite, too.
Replacing A Single Tooth
If the average American adult loses three teeth, that means some people will lose fewer teeth. If you end up with a single lost tooth for any reason (tooth decay, gum disease, an injury), we’ll be here to help.
The best solution for this situation is a dental Implant capped by a dental crown.
You may not realize is, but a single tooth can easily lead to more and more missing teeth if you don’t do something to replace it. With an implant and a crown, you will be replacing the whole tooth. That’s important and not just because it will fill a gap in your smile.
Losing one tooth can lead to other problems. It can affect the way you speak, which can be a little embarrassing. It can make it harder to eat some foods, which can be frustrating.
Losing a tooth can also allow “drifting” to occur. This is when nearby teeth move toward the space where the missing tooth was. This can change your bite and your smile (both for the worse), and this sets the stage for continued tooth loss.
By replacing your missing tooth, you can prevent these problems from happening.
Replacing Multiple Teeth
Losing multiple teeth brings all the same problems we mentioned above only worse.
Your missing teeth can affect how you pronounce words. Your missing teeth can cause you to feel ashamed to smile or talk to people. And your missing teeth can lead to even more drifting and tooth loss.
Perhaps we should have mentioned earlier how tooth loss affects your jawbone. This effect also increases as you lose more teeth.
Your roots act as anchors holding your teeth in your jaw, but they also help to maintain the health of your jawbone. When a person with teeth bites or chews something, his or her roots push into the jawbone.
That pressure stimulates the bone to make new bone tissue. This is important since new tissue is needed to replace old tissue that has been reabsorbed by the body. Without roots, the jawbone does not get this pressure. The old tissue is still reabsorbed, but there is no new tissue to replace it.
The result: Your jawbone begins to shrink.
To prevent those problems, we can create a dental implant-supported bridge. A dental bridge is created when crowns are bonded together to replace multiple teeth.
With implants to take the place of your roots, your jawbone gets the stimulation it needs to remain strong and healthy. The implants also make your dental bridge secure so it can stand up to its everyday function as a replacement for your missing teeth.
Replacing An Arch Of Teeth
By now, you realize that if losing one tooth is bad and losing multiple teeth is worse, then losing an entire arch of teeth is the worst. Experts estimated that 35 million Americans are missing at least one arch of teeth.
If you are looking for true teeth replacements, dentures alone are not going to cut it. Dentures are not connected to your jawbone. They don’t provide the stimulation needed to maintain your jaw’s health, and dentures can easily slip out of position leading to years of frustration.
Instead, you could get implant-supported dentures. At New Albany Implants, Dr. Ron can place a series of implants to add stability to your dentures, stimulate your jaw, and give you satisfaction with your smile.
Several studies have shown that patients with implant-supported dentures have nearly the same biting force as someone with a full set of healthy teeth. That means you can eat the foods you want and feel confident that your replacement teeth will stay in place.
Time To Save Your Smile
No matter how many teeth you are missing, our dentist office in New Albany, IN, can give you effective, natural-looking, and long-lasting replacements.