Missing teeth can be a significant issue, which can affect oral and systemic health. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, nearly 1 in 5 of adults aged 65 or older have lost all of their teeth. Complete tooth loss is twice as prevalent among adults aged 75 and older (26%) compared with adults aged 65-74 (13%). The loss of teeth can result in lack of proper nutrition due to the inability to eat certain foods. It can also lead to jaw bone deterioration and affect the health of your other teeth. Tooth replacement with dental implants is a great way to correct the problem and prevent further damage. You’ll want to replace your missing teeth as soon as possible to avoid any further damage and optimize your oral and overall systemic health.
Replacing Failing & Missing Teeth
You might have asked yourself, “Why should I replace my missing teeth?” This is a great question! Most of the time, people don’t think about replacing them, especially if they are in the back of the mouth like your molars.
Even if your missing tooth is in an area you can’t see, you should still address it. Several issues can occur if you don’t get the tooth replaced. No matter where the missing tooth is located, there is a higher chance of experiencing bone deterioration, and the teeth surrounding the area have a lower chance of survival. And the longer a tooth is missing, the more likely your other teeth will shift into the hollow space. Also, your jawbone can weaken or deteriorate whenever a tooth is missing, causing a recessed appearance with your facial structure and smile.
Extractions Done the Right Way
If you need to have a tooth removed, you’re not alone. Many people need to have teeth extracted every year. The good news is that we can help you by utilizing atraumatic techniques to minimize pain after the extraction. With the advances in dental technology, you can rest assured that we will take care of you.
When you come to our office, we will first numb the area around the tooth we will extract. Numbing the area will help ensure you are comfortable throughout the procedure. We will then carefully remove the tooth and ensure the area is clean. When there has been previous bone loss or the existing bone around the extracted tooth is too thin, bone grafting will be completed at the time of the extraction. Stitches are then placed in the gum and healing is monitored over the next few months. Aftercare instructions will be provided to help you heal quickly and avoid complications.
Replace Your Teeth With Dental Implants
We offer the highest-quality dental implant service in Parker and Glendale, Colorado. Dental implants are an excellent way to replace your missing teeth. They’re long-lasting, durable, and look and feel like your natural teeth. They are titanium posts that are surgically placed into your jawbone to act as a replacement for your tooth root. Once the posts are in place and have healed, your general dentist will attach a crown to the post.
What to Expect After Getting a Tooth Replacement
After your implant is placed, you can expect to feel some mild discomfort. The discomfort is normal and will go away within a few days. You may also have some swelling and bruising, but this will subside within a few days. It’s essential to take it easy for the first few days and not do anything too strenuous. You should also avoid hard or crunchy foods until your post operative visit.
How to Care for Your New Teeth
Taking care of your new implants is essential, just like your natural ones. Be sure to brush, floss regularly, and see your dentist for regular checkups. If you have questions or concerns about your new dental implants, ask us. We will be able to give you the best advice on how to take care of your new teeth.
Excellent Solutions for Replacing Missing Teeth
If you need an extraction or are in need of replacing missing teeth, we would love to see you.
Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Maryanne Butler and Dr. Amy Riffel at Mountainview Periodontics. With our help, you can get the treatment required to regain your smile and function, allowing you to feel confident again in no time.