If you’re missing a tooth, or multiple teeth, you probably already feel concerned about the appearance of your smile. Aesthetic concerns are legitimate reasons to improve your smile with dental implants, but an even more important consideration is the health of your smile. Our Saint Louis dental implant dentists work with patients to help them get the healthy, beautiful smiles they need even after tooth loss.
When you lose a tooth due to injury or illness, you inevitably have hole in your smile where your tooth used to sit. That whole isn’t only above your gum line, because your missing tooth root destabilizes your smile and bone health. When you have an empty space in your jawbone, your bone begins to deteriorate and lose density.
Dental implants actually help prevent this jawbone deterioration. Dental implants are grounded into the jawbone with a titanium screw. This screw fills the space that was previously occupied by the tooth root. Over time the screw actually bonds to the natural bone (through a process called osseointegration). Consequently, the jawbone is supported and nourished, and it is able to stay strong for years to come.
To preserve your long-term dental health, and to enjoy a seamless, complete smile, dental implants are your best bet. Dental implants are used to replace one tooth or multiple teeth—your dental implants will be designed to suit your needs.
If you’re missing teeth, take control of your oral health and find a replacement tooth option that works for you. There are other viable tooth replacement options—including dentures and bridges. Our Saint Louis dental office can give you more information about dental implants, dentures, and bridges, and help you decide if this treatment option is right for you. Give us a call or schedule your consultation online to get started!