Dental Implants and Oral Health
Not only does poor oral health cause tooth loss, but once the tooth has fallen out, there can still be several issues to worry about. Restorative dentistry can replace the missing tooth and keep your oral health from continuing to decline. The best restorative option for missing teeth is dental implants. Dr. G. Whitney Gomez has extensive experience in dental implants and restorative dentistry and strives to give you back a functional and beautiful smile.
Dental implants use an implant that is placed directly into the bone where the missing tooth used to be. Once the implant is in place, your dentist will attach a crown onto the implant. This crown is made of a porcelain, tooth colored, cap that looks and acts like a natural tooth. Once both are in place you will have full function of the tooth and it can be used to chew and will also blend in with the rest of your teeth.
How They Work
Since the implant is placed directly into the bone, it will give it the stability and strength of a natural tooth without the need to damage surrounding teeth. Other procedures to replace missing teeth rely on the surrounding teeth to be filed down and three attached crowns are then bonded to the two neighboring teeth. The crown is also made of a smooth porcelain material so it won’t damage other teeth. Together they give you back the ability to chew and bite on that side of your mouth without worry.
How They Improve Your Oral Health
When a tooth is missing, it can be easier for bacteria and plaque to grow as well as food particles to get stuck in that area. This will require special attention when brushing and flossing. Once a tooth is lost, the bone underneath will begin to deteriorate which may spread to the rest of your jaw and cause your jawline to change shape.
When an implant is placed, it will act as the root of your tooth and stop the deterioration as well as keep your bone healthy. Once the crown is in place it will help keep out the bacteria. Though the crown is fake, you will still need to brush and floss around it as you would a natural tooth to keep it and the surrounding gums clean. Implants are made to last a lifetime, but poor oral hygiene will result in them needing to be replaced.
Dental Implants in Nederland TX
Those with missing teeth no longer need to live with declining oral health and an unsightly smile. If you are in the Nederland, TX area and have missing teeth or would like to know more about dental implants and how they can help restore your smile, please contact Nederland Family Dental to schedule your evaluation.