Millions of Americans experience missing teeth. Whether it’s one or all your teeth, some solutions can give you back your teeth’ functionality and your smile. At Smiles by Hogan, Dr. Hogan wants to help you make an informed decision about your treatment options. We also feel it is essential to understand the dangers of delaying treatment.
Losing a tooth is more than just missing the enamel or white part of the tooth.It also means the root that secured the tooth in place dies. Without the root, your jawbone can deteriorate, leading to bone loss. The remaining teeth can move, and you may have difficulty chewing foods you once enjoyed.
- Missing teeth cause your smile to have an unsightly appearance but can lead to much more serious dental health issues.
- Without proper support from the tooth root, the surround bone in the jaw can begin to deteriorate.
- One or more missing teeth can also lead to the adjacent teeth losing support and shifting into the open space.
- Open spaces in your arch can also make it hard to chew food and cause issues with speech, making it harder to correctly annunciate words.
- Dental implants provide a permanent solution to tooth loss while returning function and supporting the underlying jawbone, preventing further bone loss.
Bone loss: Missing teeth is the leading source of bone loss in the jawbone because you no longer have a root to stimulate the bone. The bone often deteriorates and dies over time when it lacks the proper stimulus.
Dental implants use a titanium rod placed directly in the bone. The new anchor fuses with the jawbone during the healing process and responds as a natural root, stimulating growth and strengthening the jawbone structure, preventing additional bone loss.
Shifting teeth: Another challenge with missing teeth is the movement of your remaining teeth. Your root system attaches teeth to the bone in the jaw. When you do not replace one or more missing teeth, the visible tooth will often shift out of position.
The shifting of natural teeth will partially fill the gap, causing additional spacing between the remaining teeth. Aside from the aesthetic changes, this shift can cause tooth decay, gum recession, infections, and the loosening of other teeth. Changes in the spacing of your teeth also create a challenge when addressing the problem at a later time.
Dental implants include a new enamel tooth along with an artificial root. When this new tooth is in place,it not only fills the gap but holds the remaining teeth in place, preventing your teeth from shifting. Dental implants provide stability to the adjacent teeth and strengthen the underlying bone structure, helping to preserve the healthy adjacent teeth.
Difficulty chewing: One of the primary jobs of your teeth is to tear apart and chew food. Your teeth break down larger foods into small pieces that are easy to swallow and digest. Missing teeth can prevent your mouth from breaking down food properly and make it difficult to chew certain foods. Difficulty chewing and breaking down foods is especially challenging when you have damaged or missing molars.
A dental implant replaces the lost tooth with an artificial replacement that looks and functions like your natural teeth. You are then able to eat your favorite foods without concern.
Who should not get dental implants?
Dental implants involves a surgical procedure to place the implant post under general anesthesia. For this reason, people who have difficulty with general anesthesia, or those with blood clotting issues, a suppressed or compromised immune system, have issues healing, have cancer or uncontrolled diabetes may not be a suitable candidate for dental implants.
Why dental implants are bad?
Dental implants are a permanent solution to tooth loss with a very high success rate of 90-95%, but in rare cases, complications such as infection, tissue and nerve damage and gum recession have been reported. The underlying condition of the gums and bone structure can contribute to complications from dental implants.
Are teeth implants painful?
Dental implants are a permanent solution to replace one or more missing teeth. The procedure is usually performed under general anesthetic with an associated local anesthetic to completely numb the jaw. After you awaken form the surgery and the local numbing agent wears off, you may experience mild pain and bruising for several days which is usually controlled well will over the counter pain medication. After you have healed form the surgery, you should no longer experience any pain.
Do you need antibiotics after dental implant?
While not mandatory, prophylactic antibiotic treatment helps improve the long-term survival and success rates of dental implants and is helpful in reducing the incidence of postoperative infection after dental implant surgery.
Are tooth implants worth it?
Dental implants are a permanent solution to tooth loss and provide more than an aesthetic improvement in your appearance. Dental implants help support healthy adjacent teeth and prevent them falling out. Implants also help to stop bone loss and regenerate new bone growth in the area of the jaw where a tooth is missing.
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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.