If you are missing a few teeth, you are not alone. Most people will lose one or more permanent teeth in their lifetime due to trauma, decay, or even just by aging. The good news is that advancements in dental technology mean you can find effective solutions for missing teeth from your dentist in Cromwell, CT. The bad news is that waiting to seek out treatment could be problematic.
You already know your teeth are important for eating and speaking, but they do even more than that. Your teeth have roots that extend into your jaw bone and when the tooth is no longer there, your jaw bone has less support and starts to deteriorate. Even leaving one missing tooth untreated puts the teeth around the gap at a much higher risk of falling out. If enough deterioration occurs, it completely alters the shape of your face. However, dental implants from Dr. Michael Maroon of Advanced Dental will resolve these issues.
Dental implants consist of titanium posts that are embedded in the jaw bone and support the bone to provide natural stimulation much like the roots of the teeth. This is a permanent solution that you do not remove. You can even receive as few as four posts and have a full arch of teeth attached to them. The difference between these and traditional dentures is that the traditional sort sits on top of your gums which can cause irritation and may slip as the bonding strip or paste wears off. In addition, traditional dentures require removal and cleaning each night, and you may need to get new ones because your gum and jaw bone will still deteriorate.
If you are looking for a long-term solution for a full arch of missing teeth, then you want to learn more about dental implants. To find out if you are a good candidate for this procedure, contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Maroon today.