Do you have gaps in your smile due to tooth loss? If so, then you may begin to suffer from serious oral health complications. In order to avoid these complications and improve the beauty and function of your smile, your Riverside, MO, dentist may recommend implant dentistry. Learn how we treat missing teeth with lifelike and long-lasting dental implants.

Don’t Ignore Your Tooth Loss

Losing a tooth isn’t just a cosmetic issue. For example, did you know that once there is a gap in your smile, surrounding teeth may start to drift, leading to dental misalignment and an increased risk of cavities and gum disease? Tooth loss also impacts your bite balance, leading to a greater likelihood of TMJ disorder and bruxism, two jaw joint disorders linked to headaches, jaw pain, and dental damage. Finally, the body will suspend the flow of certain nutrients to the jawbone once it registers a lack of tooth roots. Denied these doses of calcium and phosphorus, the jawbone begins to break down. Over time, this means further tooth loss and even a prematurely aged appearance.

Treatment with Dental Implants

Treatment means carefully planning the placement area and then inserting a dental implant into the jawbone through oral surgery. After about three to four months, the jawbone and dental implant will bond through a process known as osseointegration, which occurs as the implant is biocompatible. Acting as a new tooth root, this means it can last for decades to come, possibly even a lifetime. After osseointegration occurs, we can add an abutment to secure a custom-made dental crown, completing your new tooth and offering a restoration that can look natural and absorb everyday bite forces and pressures. You then enjoy a complete smile, one that looks lifelike and full.

Implant Dentures and More

But what if you have more than one missing tooth? Then we can insert more than one dental implant! For example, between two and three could secure a bridge that lasts much longer than a traditional crown-secured option. We can also secure a full or partial denture that never slips when you eat or speak and doesn’t need to be removed for cleaning or soaking. They can then last much longer than the usual 5 to 10 years. Whether you have advanced or minor tooth loss, we can help return your smile to optimal function, health, and beauty. If you have any questions, then please contact our team today to learn more.

Ready for a Full Smile Again?

Our team would like to help you enjoy a full smile once more by addressing your tooth loss. To learn more about implant dentistry and lifelike replacement for your missing teeth, then schedule a consultation by calling Bailey Dental Care in Riverside, MO, today at (816) 452-9700.