You’ve lost a tooth due to injury, old age or as the result of periodontal disease. Now, you’re faced with a decision: will you replace the tooth or leave it unfilled? While you may be tempted to leave an empty tooth socket unfilled if it’s not in a highly visible area, doing so can be detrimental to your health. Here are the top reasons why you should replace your missing teeth with dental implants as quickly as possible.
Your jaw bone is given constant stimulation by your tooth roots. This stimulation encourages healthy bone density and prevents premature degradation of the bone. Unfortunately, when a tooth falls out or is removed, the jaw bone directly beneath the empty socket no longer receives the stimulation it needs to remain healthy and strong. As a result, it begins to degrade. Over time, this degradation can make it impossible to receive dental implants without first receiving a bone graft to build up the bone. Once an implant is placed, the post acts like a tooth root and provides much-needed bone growth stimulation to the area.
When a tooth falls out, it leaves gum tissue in the empty socket exposed. The soft gum tissue can easily get scraped, burned and damaged by the regular foods you eat. Dental implants can restore dental function and make it easier to enjoy a varied diet without damaging exposed gum tissue.
One of the most notable ways missing teeth can impact your life is by decreasing your self-esteem. The appearance of your smile has a profound effect on how you perceive yourself and how others perceive you. Replacing your missing teeth with natural-looking implants is a great way to restore your smile and your confidence.
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Dr. Andrew Ferrier uses CEREC technology to make the dental implant placement process even more efficient. CEREC dentistry makes it possible to create and place restorations (like crowns on dental implants) more quickly and accurately than ever before. To schedule your appointment, contact East Bay Healthy Smiles in Walnut Creek, CA today!