Most people are self-conscious about a missing tooth in the front of the mouth, and want to do something about it ASAP. But when someone loses a back tooth, they are more likely to leave the gap. AT The Dental Designer Center in Fargo, we don’t think that’s a good idea.
Since we can’t see the bone that anchors our tooth roots, we don’t usually consider its condition. Yet the state of our jawbone plays an essential role in overall oral health.
When a tooth is extracted, the bone at the extraction site shrinks and recedes over time. Since a dental implant replaces the tooth root (as well as the visible part), it maintains the health of the bone. In so doing, it also protects the bone for the adjacent teeth.
The jawbone is the foundation of the lower face. If it shrinks and recedes, everything that sits on top of it will follow suit. An individual with bone recession will eventually get that “sunken in” look that can make them look a lot older than they really are. A dental implant, unlike a dental bridge, maintains the structure of the face.
Another risk is shifting teeth. If teeth adjacent to the extraction site start moving, it can generate a domino effect. The unopposed tooth on the opposite arch can also move, though it usually moves outward from the bone (over-eruption).
In addition to esthetic implications, teeth that are displaced at risk of periodontal disease, decay, TMJ pain, or bite problems. There will also be additional stress on the teeth that take over the chewing functions—compromising their strength as well.
A dental implant from Designer Smiles in Fargo is an ideal solution for a missing tooth, whether it’s in front or back. We offer a full range of general dentistry procedures. Call for an appointment today!
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