Many of us will experience tooth loss at some point in our lives, whether due to damage, injury, decay or simply age. And when it comes to missing teeth, the consequences are more than just aesthetic -- that gap in your smile can cause a host of health problems.
Luckily, Dr. Petra Mayer in Albuquerque offers dental implants, which can fix the attractiveness, strength and health of your smile. Here's what you should know about tooth loss and dental implants:
What problems can tooth loss cause?
When you have a missing tooth, the jawbone can begin to deteriorate as well. The bone fails to regenerate and will start to decrease in width. Over time, the deterioration of the jawbone can cause your face to lose support and begin to collapse or cause jaw fractures. You may also become more susceptible to problems biting or chewing.
How can dental implants help me?
A dental implant fills the gap caused by your missing tooth, improving the strength, function and appearance of your smile. With a dental implant, you will be able to bite, chew and brush like normal, ensuring your oral health is in order.
What is a dental implant?
At our office in Albuquerque, we use a screw-like post, inserted under the gum and into the jawbone, to serve as the root for an artificial tooth. The post will become more secure as the jaw bone grows around it, creating a permanent base for an artificial tooth. We will make sure the tooth affixed to your dental implant is shaped and colored to match the rest of your natural teeth, so it looks inconspicuous and you'll be eager to show off your smile!
Does the procedure hurt?
We will make sure you are comfortable while having your dental implants placed in our Albuquerque office by applying a local anesthetic. You may experience soreness for a few days, and will want to stick to soft foods. You should be feeling back to normal shortly, and will likely find it is far easier to eat and brush now that you have a full set of teeth again.
Call our Albuquerque office today at 505-881-2400 today if you are suffering from tooth loss, and learn if dental implants are right for you.