Our teeth are essential; in fact, every tooth has a role and function. A healthy smile not only looks attractive, but it also keeps your teeth strong and vibrant. When one or more teeth are missing, routine daily tasks such as chewing or speaking become more challenging. On top of that, did you know that one missing tooth often leads to multiple missing teeth? That's because teeth tend to shift towards the space, as if in commiseration. In reality, when one tooth no longer fulfills its purpose, the remaining teeth work together to pick up the slack. This goes against their natural state, which can cause significant damage to your oral cavity.
According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), 92 percent of Americans between the ages of 20-64 suffer from cavities and tooth decay. A large number of adults also have one or more missing teeth. The good news is you don't have to live with a gap in your smile; there are many tooth replacement options.
Dental Implants – The Permanent Tooth Replacement Solution
Dental implants are a surgical procedure that places and fuses a replacement tooth root with the jawbone. Patients who have multiple missing teeth may be interested in implant-supported dentures.
Dental implants mimic and function like natural teeth, and if treated right, they can last for many years. However, dental implants may not be the perfect solution for everyone. Since the dental implant placement is surgical, patients need to be in good overall health to proceed. They must have sufficient jaw bone to support the dental implant or be able to undergo surgical procedures to restore the area for dental implants.
Your Missoula implant dentist, Dr. Jonathan Nelson, will also ensure that patients agree to follow daily routines like brushing and flossing to keep their dental implants (and rest of their teeth) healthy. We also recommend regular dental visits so we can keep track of any unusual changes following your dental implant procedure.
Replace Missing Teeth in Missoula
There are many benefits to dental implants, including:
- Look, feel, and function like natural teeth
- Will not slip or fall out
- Can last for decades with proper maintenance
- Prevents jawbone from receding
- Prevents teeth from shifting
- Nearby teeth do not need to be altered or involved in placement
Call Nelson Dentistry to Schedule Your Dental Implant Appointment
If you are interested in dental implants in Missoula, don't delay in learning more or setting up your procedure. You could be enjoying your beautiful new smile in no time!