If you are missing one or more of your natural teeth, then you are already well aware of the cosmetic consequences tooth loss can have on your smile. But did you know that, if left untreated, even one missing tooth can lead to a dramatic decline in your oral and overall health? Fortunately, this doesn’t have to be the case. Thanks to modern dental implants, it is possible to restore your mouth to optimal health, form, and function.
Lansing cosmetic dentist Scott Stone works with an outstanding local oral surgeon to provide implant dentistry of the highest standard to his valued patients. If you would like to regain the control and freedom you had with your natural teeth while significantly improving your oral health through dental implants, please contact Dr. Scott Stone at his Lansing office today.
Missing Teeth and Oral Health
When you lose one of your natural teeth, the most immediate consequence is a gap in your smile, perhaps along with increased difficulty with biting, chewing, and speaking. Many people, however, believe that the problems associated with tooth loss end there. Some don’t even visit the dentist after losing a tooth.
Unfortunately, when a tooth is lost, a number of adverse side effects are set into motion. The body interprets the loss of a tooth as a signal that the bone and gum tissue underlying that tooth are no longer serving any real purpose. As a result, these tissues fall into disuse and begin to degrade. In the meanwhile, the remaining natural teeth start to shift out of their optimal position toward the gap where the missing tooth was once located, leading to misalignment and problems with the bite. The entire mouth becomes more vulnerable to damage and infection, the latter of which can spread throughout the body over time. A single missing tooth can end up threatening a person’s health and, ultimately, life.
Thankfully for patients of our practice in Lansing, dental implants offer an opportunity to put their oral health back in order.
How Dental Implants Restore Oral Health
Dental implants are essentially artificial tooth roots made of titanium. Aside from being extraordinarily strong and durable, titanium is not recognized by the human body as a foreign material. As a result, the body interprets the placement of the implant as a sign that the supporting gum and bone tissues are once again of use, and their degradation halts. In addition, there is no longer a gap for the adjacent teeth to move toward. The bite regains its strength, and the mouth retains its compositional integrity.
On a practical level, dental implants allow patients to eat, speak, and smile with ease and assurance once again.
At our practice in Lansing, dental implant benefits also include remarkable versatility (the titanium posts can be used to secure a single crown, a bridge, or an entire set of dentures) and durability (if cared for properly, dental implants can last for decades). Truly, dental implants are unrivaled in their ability to return the mouth to its optimally healthy state. Contact our practice to find out if you are a good candidate for treatment.