If you have recently lost a tooth because of illness or injury, you may be feeling a little lost yourself. No one in your family may have lost a tooth. You may be struggling with the gap a lost tooth brings to your mouth. You're worried about what other people are going to say. We understand. However, you do need to know that you are not alone. There are lots of people in the United States who have lost teeth.
Over 120 million Americans have at least one tooth missing. Over 36 million Americans do not have any of their natural teeth remaining. Did you know that there are ways you can replace the tooth you lost? Today's technology makes it easy for Spektor Dental to replace any teeth you might be missing, quickly and safely. Best of all, your new tooth will look and function like the one you lost. Let us take a minute to tell you more about dental implants.
What Are Implants?
Dental implants are made of metal and porcelain. Unlike dentures and bridges, which fit over the surface of your gums, dental implants are placed into your jawbone. This gives the tooth extra stability, but it also does something else amazing. It makes your jaw think that you still have the original tooth in place. This may sound like nothing, but it is a big deal.
With other types of tooth replacement, such as dentures and bridges, we don't connect the tooth to the jawbone. Instead, it is either removable, or it is cemented in. Your jawbone may start to lose bone mass over time without implants. Your body no longer feels a tooth there, so it begins to remove bone to use it somewhere else. Over time, the bone loss can change the shape of your lower jaw, and even your facial shape.
Instead, we can use implants to restore your mouth. Because implants screw into the jawbone, your jaw believes your natural teeth are still there. It allows your jaw to continue to function normally with no loss of bone.
Why We Use Them
Implants are the latest innovation in restorative dentistry. For people who have lost a tooth, a group of teeth, or all of the teeth in their upper or lower jaw, implants may be the answer. Because implants use a metal post or screw with a crown, we can replace one tooth, many teeth, or all of your teeth all at one time. These implants are lifesavers for people who have been feeling self-conscious about losing a tooth.
Implants allow you to smile and laugh again without feeling embarrassed or worried someone will notice your gap. If you have lost one tooth, a group of teeth, or all of your teeth, and you are ready for a change, why not give Spektor Dental a call at (425) 247-3629? We would love to talk to you today. Contact us, and let us make you an appointment for the next phase of your life - living better with implants.