Don’t let tooth loss hurt your smile’s health and appearance. Instead, talk to your Gladstone, MO, dentist about a possible solution. We often use implant dentistry to help our patients enjoy optimal oral health (and whole, beautiful smiles). Find out more in today’s blog!

The Impact of Tooth Loss

What does tooth loss mean for your smile? Well, the pressure a gap in your smile places on the jaw could lead to TMJ disorder and bruxism. As teeth drift from position due to the gaps and cause misalignment, the risk of tooth decay and gum disease increases. You may also have trouble eating your favorite foods. Finally, the lack of tooth roots means the jawbone weakens and loses density. Over time, this means an older appearance and a greater risk of further tooth loss.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

A dental implant actually acts as a new tooth root. We insert them into the jawbone, where they bond with the bone tissue through a process known as osseointegration. The process stimulates the growth of jawbone tissue to prevent an older appearance and help patients avoid further tooth loss. Unlike bridges and dentures, which must be replaced every 5 to 10 years, these have the potential to last for several years, even decades, with proper care and attention.

Custom-Made Dental Crowns

To ensure a natural looking tooth, we top our single tooth dental implants with a custom-made dental crown. The restoration will be designed to blend with your smile and offers strength and durability, withstanding serious bite forces. If you have lost multiple teeth, then we may talk about securing a fixed bridge or denture with multiple dental implants. Don’t let missing teeth impact your 2019, talk to our team about lifelike missing tooth replacement options. Give us a call to discuss any of your questions or concerns!


At Bailey Dental Care, we offer lifelike tooth replacement to help patients enjoy optimal oral health. To learn more about implant dentistry, bridges, and dentures, please schedule a consultation, call Bailey Dental Care in Gladstone, MO, today at (816) 452-9700.