If you have one or more missing teeth, there’s something you need to know. When one missing tooth isn’t corrected, it becomes two, then three, and more until you do something about it. The progressiveness of tooth loss reveals a plain and simple truth: teeth need teeth. This truth is a shock to many people who think the story has ended when a tooth is lost. But in reality, the gap created by a missing tooth has a story all of its own.
The Impact of Missing Teeth
One of the things that makes your teeth strong is collaboration; your teeth need to work together. But when one team member is absent, other team members may pick up the slack for biting and chewing, but something will always be missing. For teeth surrounding the space, the temptation to shift towards the gap is too much.
So, if teeth depend on their closeness with other teeth for structure, gaps will naturally weaken that structure. This chain of events is how one missing tooth becomes two, and so forth.
Dental Implants Restore Teeth Structure
Implant dentists solve the problems caused by missing teeth. Dr. Daniel Surh, DMD surgically attaches your dental implant to your jaw, into the bone where it becomes permanent. Next, we fill the gap with a restoration designed to fit, supporting all surrounding teeth. Finally, because implants are embedded in your bone, they work with the rest of your teeth to halt deterioration in your jaw.
The Process for Dental Implants in Chico
To ensure your candidacy for a dental implant, Dr. Surh's team will perform a thorough exam. This assessment helps evaluate your bone mass, the health of your gums, and overall health. The results will be part of a treatment plan most likely to succeed.
If we determine that your jawbone cannot support the implant, you will need specialized treatment to build up your bone before the implant process begins.
Once you’re ready, your dental implants are placed surgically and allowed to heal. The healing process is when your implant fuses with your bone. Then, we will install a restoration, often a dental crown that closely resembles your natural tooth.
Contact South Chico Dental Care Today to Learn More!
Now that you know why the spaces left by missing teeth are a problem, you should be ready to treat your missing teeth. The South Chico Dental Care staff can set up a consultation, and get you on the road to a better, stronger smile. Contact our office at (530) 636-4943 to schedule a consultation with our implant dentist!