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By Rochester Dental
May 13, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Implants   Tooth Loss  

Whether tooth loss occurs as a result of an accident, infection, decay or another reason, several unexpected consequences can occur. Fortunately, your Troy, MI, dentists, Drs. Debra Halsey and William Carmody, can help you maintain the appearance and function of your smile with dental implants.

Gaps in your smile may affect your confidence

Looking at your reflection in the mirror for the first time can be a shock after tooth loss. If you don't replace your missing teeth, you may soon find that your changed appearance has begun to affect your self-esteem.

When you don't feel confident about your appearance, it can be difficult to feel comfortable in both social and business situations.

Tooth loss often leads to eating problems

Eating becomes much more difficult if you're missing a molar or incisor. Depending on the function of the lost tooth, it may be hard to tear, grind, or chew food. If you've lost many or all of your teeth, swallowing food whole or adopting a soft diet may seem like the best options.

Unfortunately, it's much harder for stomach acids to break down unchewed food. If you swallow food without chewing, you may be more likely to experience gastrointestinal issues. Soft diets may not include all the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients you need to stay healthy.

Losing a tooth affects your other teeth and your jawbone

Nearby teeth try to fill the gap in your smile after you lose a tooth. As the teeth shift, they may begin to overlap, altering your appearance. The changes may also cause bite problems or make it hard to maneuver dental floss between the overlapping edges of your teeth.

Teeth roots not only hold your teeth firmly in place but also stimulate your jawbone. Without this constant stimulation the bone might begin to weaken and may not be able to adequately support your other teeth.

Dental implants prevent tooth loss consequences

Dental implants improve your appearance, prevent shifting, keep your jawbone strong, and allow you to chew normally. The first step in the dental implant process involves adding titanium posts to small openings made in your jawbone during minor oral surgery.

The posts serve as new tooth roots and bond to your jawbone. Connecting the implants to dental crowns creates brand new teeth that look natural and feel just like the teeth you've lost. Crowns are created from dental impressions taken during one of your implant visits to the Troy dental office. The impressions ensure that the visible parts of your new teeth fit the gaps in your smile perfectly.

Fill the gaps in your smile with dental implants! Call your dentists in Troy, MI, Drs. Halsey and Carmody, at (248) 528-0700 to schedule your appointment.

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