At The Smile Company, we always make it a point to advise our patients to get a replacement for their missing teeth right away. If they don't, the condition of their teeth will only get worse. The adjacent teeth may move into the gap and the bone underneath may not get the necessary stimulation and will deteriorate eventually. If you have a couple of missing teeth, you can't chew your food properly and the gap can really affect your smile.
Here at our clinic in Maryland Heights, Missouri, we offer several solutions for missing teeth and perhaps the best option is implant dentistry.
What Are Dental Implants?
Traditionally, dental clinics replace missing teeth with either bridges or dentures. They're set on your gums and are secured by anchoring them to the teeth near the gap. These replacement teeth are not meant to be worn continuously. They have to be removed every now and then to relieve your gums. These devices may also need to be replaced after a few years as the conditions of your gums change.
Dentures and similar devices have been in use for centuries. Implant dentistry, on the other hand, is a relatively newer approach. A dental implant is a titanium screw that is inserted through the gums and into the jawbone. It acts as the foundation of the tooth.
Once the dental implant has bonded securely with the jawbone and the wound has healed, a crown is then placed on top to act as replacement for your missing tooth. If several teeth are missing, it may act as the foundation for a set of dentures as well.
Why Use Dental Implants?
We recommend dental implants for several reasons. The first reason is that they're not removable unlike dentures and bridges. Instead, they're fixed replacement teeth. That means you never have to worry that it will accidentally become dislodged while you're on a date or while talking to an important client causing a lot of embarrassment. Some of those who wear dentures have reported such accidents when they suddenly laugh out loud, sneeze, or cough.
The dental implants are also very comfortable to the wearer. They feel natural, and they don't make you feel stuffed in your mouth unlike dentures and bridges. There's no adjustment period to worry about and it doesn't cause any speech impediment at all.
Dental implants are also very easy to maintain. You can just treat it like your natural tooth, and take care of it by simply brushing and flossing your teeth as usual. Barring any unusual accidents, it will last for the rest of your life.
If you have missing teeth, call us at (314) 254-4000 so you can get teeth replacements. We can check the condition of your jaw so we can ascertain if you're a suitable candidate for dental implants. At The Smile Company, you can get dental implants to replace your missing teeth, so you can smile more confidently, chew your food properly, and avoid any discomfort when you leave our clinic.