June 15, 2017
If you had to take a guess, what would you think is the leading cause of tooth loss among adult Americans? Yes, accidents happen, but that’s not the correct answer. Advanced gum disease, or periodontitis, leads the way. Left untreated, periodontitis can make tooth extraction unavoidable. In this case, tooth replacement is essential so you can eat, talk and smile without feeling self-conscious. Dental implants from Dr. Julie Valentine, your dentist in Beverly Hills, offer a secure and permanent solution to missing teeth. Read on to learn more about replacing missing teeth, the advantages of dental implants and the procedure.
Why Should I Replace Missing Teeth?
Good question. Replacing missing tooth is more than just taking care of the appearance of your smile—although that is certainly an important consideration. The fact is that tooth loss makes you more likely to have other dental and oral health problems, as well. For example, you are more susceptible to tooth decay and periodontal disease as a result of tooth loss. In addition, remaining teeth have a tendency to drift in an attempt to take up the space left open by a missing tooth; the consequences can be alignment problems that could lead to TMJ dysfunction.
As if these problems weren’t enough, you also might not be able to eat a fully nutritious diet. Just the loss of one tooth can make chewing certain foods more difficult.
What are the Advantages of Dental Implants?
You’re probably familiar with other tooth replacement options that have been around for some time, such as a partial, dentures or a crown and bridge. Although dental implants have only been used since the 1950s, they’ve quickly become the option of choice.
Why? Because dental implants are the tooth replacement that most closely resemble your own teeth. Think about it—those other replacements only sit on top of your gums. A tooth, on the other hand, has a root to firmly anchor it in your jawbone. So does an implant.
A dental implant consists of two parts: the implant that is surgically embedded in your jawbone and the tooth restoration that is attached above the gum. Together, these more closely imitate the construction and appearance of a natural tooth than any other tooth replacement.
Furthermore, the implant serves as a stimulus for healthy new bone tissue growth so you’re not likely to deal with a change in your appearance as a result of bone loss.
Contact Our Office Today
If you’re considering dental implants in Beverly Hills, call our office today. Dr. Valentine is trained and experienced in all phases of dental implant placement, from surgically positioning the implant in your jaw to designing and attaching the tooth restoration.
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