Dental Implant Restorations
If you’ve lost a tooth, you know that it can have a dramatic impact on your lifestyle. It may cause you to hide your smile and may also cause difficulty chewing and speaking properly. But you may be unaware of the harmful effect that missing teeth can have on your oral health.
Fortunately, advances in dental technology have brought us an effective tooth replacement alternative – dental implants. Replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant is not just a cosmetic solution. Unlike bridges or dentures, dental implants are actually a fully functional, permanent tooth replacement.
Tooth Replacement With Dental Implants
Since they can be used to replace a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth, dental implants are widely used in modern dentistry. They are quickly becoming the tooth replacement method of choice for dentists and patients alike.
Once we determine that you are a good candidate for a dental implant, we will refer you to one of the top oral surgeons in the area who begins the process by placing the implant in your jaw. Dr. Dukes communicates with the implant specialist to keep informed about your progress throughout the healing process.
Once we know that the healing is complete and the implant has fully integrated with your jaw, Dr. Dukes creates a beautiful dental restoration (crown) that is the visible, functioning portion of the replacement tooth.
Why Are Missing Teeth a Problem?
Your teeth are always moving to some extent, and over time this movement can cause the rest of your teeth to move out of their proper position. This has a domino effect, gradually altering the alignment of surrounding teeth and potentially resulting in a severely misaligned dental bite.
The problem is further compounded by the fact that poorly aligned teeth can cause other oral health problems, such as:
- Breakage and fracture of teeth
- Gum disease and bone loss
- Teeth grinding
- Temporomandibular joint disorder
- Premature wear
Normally, the roots of your teeth help to stimulate bone growth in the jaw as you chew. When you lose a tooth, the bone may start to deteriorate. Over time, missing teeth can also lead to the functional breakdown of your jawbone, changing your bite and leading to a sunken appearance of your face.
But with advances in modern dentistry, you have options to prevent these long-term negative effects of tooth loss. Dental implants are the answer for many patients seeking to replace missing teeth to keep their bite and smile intact.
Exceptional Care, Beautiful Results
Dr. Dukes and our professional team are very proud of the reputation we have earned for combining thoughtful personalized, patient care with up-to-date dental technology. Our focus is on providing you with the highest quality health-enhancing treatments in a welcoming and friendly environment.
If you’ve been living with the embarrassment of missing teeth, dental implants may be the perfect solution for restoring your smile. Please contact our Chesapeake dental office, and we will be happy to arrange a consultation to explain the implant process as well as your other tooth replacement options.