So what happens when you’re missing a tooth?

A missing tooth can throw your entire mouth out of alignment because the surrounding teeth will begin to drift into the open space of the missing tooth. This can have a rippling effect along all your teeth and could result in a crooked smile and a dysfunctional bite. Missing teeth can affect the way you chew, the way you talk, and the way you feel.

Dr. Stamm and Dr. Hernandez recommend replacing missing teeth with dental implants for a few simple reasons:

1. Improved facial and bone features.
Before dental implants, dentists fabricated a fixed structure in the mouth called a “bridge” to replace missing teeth. Dental implants have given us the technology to replace a missing tooth without modifying other teeth in the mouth. Dental Implants will also preserve bone and significantly reduce bone resorption and deterioration. Dental implants are often placed with a bone graph that help restore your jawbone structure by reducing the biting pressures on other teeth reducing gingival recession, bone resorption and jaw deterioration.

2. Long-lasting and reliable.
Most dentures will need to be replaced every 5 to 10 years, but with proper care and maintenance, implants last as long as conventional restorations on teeth, with predictable outcomes. At every visit with your hygienist and Dr. they will check the gum tissues and overall health of your implants.

3. Improved ability to eat and chew.
Dental implants are anchored in your jaw bone just like natural teeth. Over time they will help preserve the jaw bone and significantly reduce bone resorption. Replacing missing teeth with implants allow you to chew your food better and speak more clearly.

4. They look natural and fit comfortably.
Dental implants are designed to look, feel, and function like your natural teeth. In addition, implants give patients the confidence to smile, eat, and engage in social activities without worrying about how they look or if their dentures will fall out.

5. High success rate.
Well planned and cared for dental implants generally offer ‘survival rates’ comparable or better than other teeth replacement options. And, as implant technology and techniques improve, so should their success rate. People in good health have the best chance for successful implants.