If you have missing teeth, you might feel self-conscious about your appearance. Gaps in your smile can keep you from feeling completely confident when you are speaking, smiling, and laughing. In addition to the aesthetic issue, missing teeth could create a number of serious health concerns and put your other teeth at risk.
When you lose a tooth, the underlying bone in that area may begin to recede due to the instability created by your tooth loss. Your teeth and bone have a dependent relationship, and when either is compromised, the other is affected. Because of that bone loss, your adjacent teeth can shift, tilt, and lean toward the gap left by your missing tooth. This creates problems with your bite, and you may find that your teeth no longer come together correctly. You may even experience additional tooth loss.
Dental Implant Solutions
Until dental implants, dentists could do little to protect you from bone loss due to missing teeth, and once tooth loss started, it could create a chain reaction of oral health issues. Today, with an emphasis on prevention and the availability of dental implant procedures, dentists have found a way to slow down and even prevent bone loss while protecting your other teeth and helping to retain your facial structure.
While dental implants may seem like a new procedure, they were actually first used in the 1970s and have gone through dramatic improvements, but the basic theme remains the same. Surgically implanting an artificial “root,” usually made of titanium or other biocompatible metals, allows a process called osseointegration, where the implant and your natural bone fuse together creating a stable foundation for a dental crown.
At Tuttle Family Dentistry, we work closely with the most skilled oral surgeons to provide you with high quality dental implants. Colorado Springs dentists Drs. Tuttle and Colt will create the custom dental crowns used to restore your dental implants and complete your smile.
Dental Implant Convenience
Dental implants are not only an effective way to replace missing teeth, but also incredibly convenient. Because they are similar to your natural teeth, you can brush and floss them normally. Maintaining your oral health is essential to the longevity of your dental restorations.
Dental implants can also provide an anchor for implant-supported bridges and dentures for those patients who have multiple missing teeth. When cared for properly, dental implants are the most reliable and convenient tooth replacement option.
Call Today for a Dental Implant Evaluation
If you are interested in the health and aesthetic benefits dental implants have to offer, call our Colorado Springs dental office today for an evaluation with one of our highly skilled and friendly dentists. We look forward to providing you with exceptional dental care.