Did you know that more than 170 million people in the United States have at least one missing tooth? Tooth loss in the United States is a very common occurrence and may be attributed to sports injuries, car accidents, periodontal disease or other factors. Regardless of the cause, rapid treatment for missing teeth is important for minimizing the side effects of tooth loss and restoring proper dental functionality and appearance.
What Happens When a Tooth Is Lost
Aside from being embarrassing and terribly inconvenient, when a tooth is lost and a replacement tooth is not received, the bone in the jaw starts to degrade due to lack of stimulation. As the bone continues to break down, the structure of the face can be visibly altered and the remaining teeth may start to shift. Over time, dental functionality can be severely inhibited by untreated tooth loss.
How Implants Can Help
Dental implant posts mimic natural tooth roots by stimulating the bone of the jaw and preventing it from weakening and eroding. In some cases, the bone may already be so weak and eroded that dental implants are not a feasible treatment option. In these cases, bone grafting can help build up the weakened area so that it can support an implant.
In addition to preserving bone and preventing degradation, dental implants also provide the following benefits:
• Preservation of adjoining teeth
• Freedom to eat the foods you love
• Ability to speak with confidence
• An attractive and natural looking smile
If you’re looking for a comfortable and reliable tooth replacement solution that will last the remainder of your life, dental implants are your best bet.
Preserve Your Jaw Bone With Dental Implants
Are you ready to take steps to preserve your jaw bone and finally replace your missing teeth? Schedule your dental implant consultation with Dr. William Walden by calling Walden Dentistry or filling out our online contact form.