If an individual has excellent teeth that are in great condition, we will still provide a full cleaning of the teeth so that the teeth remain healthy. We will then schedule the individual to come back to our office six months from the day of the visit to continue the routine of care. If you are looking for a "dentist near me" after losing a tooth, then visit our office right away.
Adult tooth loss has become less common in recent years due to the advancements in oral hygiene and oral health. For example, we are now able to save a tooth from infection on a more frequent basis than in years past. By performing root canals and capping the tooth, we may not need to extract it. However, there are times where it is simply impossible to save a tooth due to infection or an accident. In this situation, you need to visit our dentist office as quickly as possible to replace the tooth.
The teeth have a critical role to play in the appearance and in one's health. Not only do the teeth make it possible for an individual to smile brightly and with confidence but they also make it possible for an individual to speak clearly and eat with comfort. At the same time, the teeth are working behind the scenes to help the jawbone remain strong and healthy. The jaw will require stimulation from the teeth and roots to tell the body that it is performing its essential duty of supporting the teeth.
Once the teeth fall out, that stimulus is no longer available and the body begins the process known as resorption. The body essentially takes calcium away from the jaw and uses it in the areas of the body that need calcium. Thus, the jaw essentially shrinks and the face begins to change its appearance as a result. This process can give an individual a sunken or aged look even if he or she is still young.
The only way to slow or stop this process is to replace the tooth or teeth as quickly as possible. Traditional means like dentures can be effective but there will still be some level of resorption. The only way to effectively limit, and potentially prevent resorption, is to replace a missing tooth with a dental implant. An implant is a small titanium post that we insert underneath the gum line and secure to the jawbone.
That post serves as a new root system so that every time one bites down, the jaw will receive the same level of stimulus as with a natural tooth. As an added benefit, dental implants are the most natural-looking and durable way to replace teeth, making them incredibly popular among our patients.
Once we secure the new crown to the implant, you will be able to smile without anyone noticing any dental replacements.
Schedule an Appointment with a "Dentist Near Me"
To learn more about your options or to begin replacing your lost tooth or teeth call our office at (760) 692-1065 and schedule a consultation.