Summer brings many happy memories and exciting plans for people. There will be lots of fun and probably lots of photos. You might not feel quite photo-ready, however, if you are dealing with missing or severely damaged teeth. Dr. Keith Chertok and our staff at Keith Chertok, DDS in Berkeley, CA can help you find your smile again with periodontal solutions such as dental implants.
Missing Teeth Means Bigger Problems
Some people think a missing tooth is not a big problem, but it can lead to more serious issues down the road. When you lose a permanent tooth, it leaves a space that could cause your other teeth to move. The adjoining teeth, the ones next to the open space, have a higher risk of falling out as well. Without the root of your tooth to support it, your jawbone also starts to weaken and deteriorate.
This does not include the problems that can occur if you have a broken tooth that gets infected or if your gums contract an infection where your missing tooth used to be. If you ever suffer from a missing or broken tooth, it is a good idea to schedule a visit with your periodontist right away.
Benefits of Implants
Dental implants are titanium posts that are inserted into the jawbone. Because good bone density is a requirement, not everyone may qualify to have implants. Those who do qualify but are still on the fence about the procedure should understand the benefits:
Periodontists Can Help
If you are worried about being camera-ready this summer because of your missing teeth, dental implants could be the solution for you. To learn more, you can contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Chertok today.