The loss of a single tooth may not feel like a medical emergency, especially if it is in a place that is not obvious. Do you really need to worry about replacing a tooth that is invisible when you smile?
The fact is that your smile permanently changes when you leave a missing tooth unaddressed.
Here’s Why You Need to Replace a Lost Tooth Regardless of its location:
Leaving a gap in your teeth often causes the remaining teeth to shift,making it more difficult for later tooth replacement. The open space can also lead to gum disease, encourage cavities in remaining teeth, and change the structure of your face. Learn more about the dangers of not replacing a missing tooth by reading the blog, Why You Should Replace Missing Teeth.
- Failing to replace missing teeth can lead to serious long-term dental issues.
- Even if the missing tooth is not clearly visible to others, the absence of a tooth in the arch can lead to bone loss and cause adjacent teeth to become loose and shift.
- Bone loss and shifting teeth can also lead to gum disease, which can affect healthy teeth.
- Dental implants provide a permanent solution to tooth loss, stop the deterioration of bone in the jaw and further support healthy adjacent teeth.
- With proper care and maintenance, dental implants can last decades.
Here’s How You Need to Replace a Lost Tooth
Dr. Hogan often recommends replacing damaged or missing teeth with dental implants to properly address the issue. While implants are not the only option, they are superior to other alternatives and create a permanent solution with the look and feel of your natural teeth. The new artificial tooth allows you to regain your smile and enjoy eating your favorite foods once again.
Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that addresses both the tooth enamel and the root. The procedure involves implanting a titanium anchor into the jawbone,establishing a solid support system for the new enamel tooth,also called a crown. The presence of the artificial root supports the jawbone and surrounding tissue like your natural teeth giving you the foundation to maintain your oral health for years to come.
So, while a dental implant is not the only option,it is the most advanced and natural solution available and has fewer side effects than other alternatives.
Depending on your needs, it is possible to replace one tooth, multiple teeth, or an entire arch. If you damage the new tooth, Dr. Hogan can often replace the crown without removing the titanium rod. The design of dental implants means it rarely needs repair.
Additional benefits of dental implants include include ease of care and fast recovery times. A matching process creates a tooth that looks and feels like your remaining natural teeth restoring your vibrant smile.
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If you are ready to explore ways to rejuvenate your smile, or you just need a cleaning and x-rays, call today for a free consultation or to schedule an appointment. Dr. Kevin Hogan graduated from the Indiana University School of Dentistry and has over 40 years of experience. He completed continuing education at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, a world-renowned comprehensive and aesthetic dentistry center. He has also finished extensive coursework with the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation and lectured at both North Carolina and Emory University.
He is known for his artistic skill, professionalism, and ability to find the right solution for an array of dental challenges. Dr. Kevin Hogan is a cosmetic and restorative dentist serving patients in Mt. Pleasant South Carolina and the greater Charleston, SC areas.