Did you know that over 70 percent of adults over the age of 35 have lost one more of their permanent teeth? It’s true. Tooth loss is a widespread problem in Frisco, Little Elm, and the rest of the United States and happens due to a variety of factors, including tooth decay, gum disease, and injury. If you’ve lost a tooth for whatever reason, you should consider a dental implant from Millennium Smiles.
If you’re missing a tooth, it does more than changing the appearance of your smile; it also changes the physical makeup of your mouth and can also leave you at risk of losing more teeth. This is because when you bite down or chew, the pressure of these activities stimulates nerves and blood flow to the opposite jaw, and increased blood flow helps to keep teeth healthy. If there is nothing in the space, the tooth across from the gap does not get the blood flow and oxygen needed for survival. Without the oxygen, blood and other nutrients, the tooth can loosen and fall out.
Losing a tooth can also cause the teeth around that space to shift, which also means changes to your bite. When your bite changes, the stress on your temporomandibular joints (TMJs) increases, which can lead to pain, loss of function, and TMJD.
Not only do dental implants play a role in filling the space of a missing tooth to keep your bite intact and your teeth healthy, but dental implants are also made of high-quality, durable porcelain that is very similar to tooth enamel. This means you can brush, floss, bite and chew just like you would with a natural tooth.
Dental implants are long-lasting, which means you may not ever need to have them replaced. This gives dental implants a significant advantage over other tooth replacement options such like bridges, partials, and dentures. Dental bridges also require that the teeth on either side of the gap be shaved down to make room for the restoration – implants do not. Dentures and partials can fill the space but can be uncomfortable, make chewing and speaking difficult, and wear out over time, which means you may need several replacements.
Lastly, dental implants provide the aesthetic and emotional benefits of restoring your smile. Dr. Korous is an expert in smile restoration and can help give you a smile you deserve.
Are you thinking about a dental implant or smile restoration? We would love to talk to you. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Korous today by calling Millennium Smiles at 972-987-4899.