Missing teeth can make you feel self-conscious when you smile and make it difficult to eat the delicious foods that New Orleans offers. Smiling, eating, and laughing are all part of the essence of what makes life truly enjoyable, and we want you to be able to enjoy every minute of it!
If you are an adult with one or more missing teeth, you are certainly not alone. In fact, some estimates show that nearly 70 percent of adults in their thirties and forties have at least one missing tooth.
There are a number of options available to replace your missing teeth, but the option that will give you replacement teeth that are most similar to your natural teeth is dental implants.
Dr. Paul Perez and Dr. Elizabeth Crapanzano of Avenue Family Dentistry offer dental implants as a safe and effective replacement for missing teeth.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are used to replace either one tooth or multiple teeth. Dental implants start with a cylindrical titanium post placed into the jawbone to replace the root of a missing tooth. The post includes a connector on which a replacement tooth or teeth can be placed. The replacement tooth, or crown, is made to match your natural teeth, creating a seamless look. Your dental implant gradually integrates with your bone to create a strong alternative to your natural tooth.
Why Are Dental Implants Better Than Other Treatment Options?
There are many reasons why dental implants are superior to other options when it comes to replacing teeth. One of the most important reasons is actually one of the least-known benefits! When teeth are missing, the body is signaled that the jawbone is no longer necessary to support a tooth. What this results in is a condition known as bone resorption, the loss of bone due to your missing tooth.
Dental implants, however, slow or prevent this from happening. The titanium posts actually fuse with your jawbone, and when the restorations are added and chewing continues, the jaw continues to get needed nutrients from the body, which maintains your bone and facial structure.
Who Should Get Dental Implants?
Almost anyone who is missing one or more teeth should consider getting implants. It’s important to remember that left untreated, missing teeth are shown to lead to the loss of other teeth—something we try to avoid!
If you are missing teeth, talk to Dr. Perez or Dr. Crapanzano to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants. An exam will determine whether you are healthy enough to be treated with implants successfully.
Proper Care of Dental Implants
Caring for dental implants is very similar to caring for your natural teeth. Floss and brush at home and visit our office for regular dental cleanings and exams. Although dental implants cannot develop cavities like your natural teeth, they can show the same wear and tear, so it is important to have them checked by a dentist on a regular basis. You can also develop gum disease, putting your implant at risk. Healthy gums are essential for the longevity of all dentistry!
Find Out More about Dental Implants
You don’t have to live with missing teeth or the risk of losing other teeth. Call us and make an appointment to discuss dental implants with Dr. Perez or Dr. Crapanzano.