Learn more about this long-term tooth replacement that can restore your smile.
When a tooth falls out or needs to be extracted it isn’t just the crown of the tooth that is gone but also the tooth’s roots. While they might not seem as important since this is the part of the tooth you don’t see, they are crucial to your oral health. These roots are responsible for providing your jawbone with the stimulation it needs to continue to produce new bone cells. As our Roanoke, VA, dentists Dr. Young Park and Dr. Michelle Kim will tell you, if you don’t treat your tooth loss you will also face bone loss.
Luckily, dental implants are the only tooth replacement that can actually take the place of your missing tooth roots and maintain the health of your jawbone. “How?” you might be wondering. Well, our Roanoke, VA, restorative dentist will place the very small implant into a pre-drilled hole in the jawbone where the missing tooth used to be. Once the implant is secured within the hole the gums are stitched up.
Over the course of 3-6 months, the jawbone and tissue will heal around the implant, making the implant a permanent structure within the tooth. Once this naturally occurring process happens you can trust that the implant will not move around or go anywhere. This provides the most reliable and long-term foundation from which to support a false tooth.
Do you need to replace multiple teeth? Don’t worry; implants can still be the right option for you. In fact, all we have to do is place a few implants along the arches of your jawbone to support and stabilize your dentures. If you haven’t been satisfied with your dentures because they have been moving or shifting around in your mouth when eating or speaking, implants can fix this common problem.
Placing an implant not long after losing a tooth will also prevent the rest of your teeth from shifting into the gap where your missing tooth was. As you might imagine, once teeth begin to shift around this can lead to crookedness, gaps between teeth and crowding that can only be fixed with braces.
Are you ready to find out if you are an ideal candidate for dental implants? If you are an adult who is missing one or more teeth, then it’s time to call Park Dental Solutions today. We offer dental offices in Roanoke and Rocky Mount, VA, to serve you better. Call us today to schedule a consultation.