Living without a tooth can present some challenges with chewing, eating, and smiling. But did you know that there are also some unseen risks that occur with your dental health if you don't replace a missing tooth?
Behind the Scenes of Tooth Loss
When you lose a tooth, you also lose the root. While this may not seem like a big deal, it is for your jawbone because your tooth root keeps it healthy and stimulated. Without the support of your tooth root, your bone begins to deteriorate or dissolve. Bone loss can result in changes to the appearance of your face and a lack of support for neighbouring teeth.
Speaking of neighbouring teeth; without a tooth replacement, they will begin to shift into the open space, resulting in these problems:
- Bite misalignment
- Fractures or other damage
- Gum disease
- Painful jaw joint (TMJ) problems
If you're living with tooth loss, replacing your tooth is one of the wisest decisions you can make to protect your dental health.
Dental Implants for Single Tooth Replacement
A dental implant replaces both your tooth and your root. The implant itself is made of biocompatible titanium, which naturally fuses and integrates with your jawbone over time, taking the place of your tooth root.
The implant provides stable support for your new tooth, which is a customised porcelain crown. Your West Perth dentist designs your new tooth to blend seamlessly with your smile providing you with appealing aesthetics. Your new crown also gives you the function you need to eat and chew comfortably.
Patients appreciate the fact that their dental implant looks and feels like a natural tooth.
Would You Like to Learn More About Dental Implants in West Perth?
Dr Matthew Kinsella has been helping patients restore their smiles with dental implants for nearly 30 years. If you would like to determine if dental implants are right for you, we invite your call to our West Perth dental clinic to provide you with more information.