When you are faced with a tooth that is failing, or already missing, it can make your daily life challenging. Chewing and eating may become painful and difficult, causing your nutrition to suffer. Talking and smiling at others may feel embarrassing, which can take toll on your confidence and affect your relationships. You may not even know that your missing tooth is also affecting your oral health.
Missing Teeth and Oral Health
When you’ve lost a tooth, you have also lost a root. Without a root to support, the bone in your jaw will begin to deteriorate. This means lost support for your remaining teeth, and could lead to additional tooth loss. It also gives your face a more sunken and older appearance.
If you don’t replace your tooth, your remaining teeth will begin to shift into the open space. This increases their risk of fractures and other damage, and it also causes bite misalignment. When your bite is not aligned correctly, it can cause painful issues with your joint. You may experience headaches or neck and facial pain as a result.
It’s a good idea to replace a compromised tooth as soon as you can and your team at Middletown Dental can help.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant protects your oral health by restoring your root and replacing your tooth. A titanium post, placed during a simple surgical procedure, takes the place of your root. Titanium is biocompatible, which means that it will naturally integrate with your bone over time. Your implant creates a firm foundation for your tooth, while also keeping your bone healthy so it doesn’t deteriorate.
Your tooth is replaced with a porcelain crown that attaches to your implant. Dr. Sukumar customizes your crown to match your lost tooth in both shape and function. With your new tooth, you’ll be able to eat, chew, talk, and smile as you were used to. It will also complete your smile with a naturally aesthetic look that will also restore your confidence.
Are Dental Implants Right For Me?
Dental implants do require enough healthy bone structure present to properly support them. Patients also need to be in good overall health when getting an implant procedure. If you lack enough healthy bone for implant support, a bone grafting procedure can build it up.
At Middletown Dental, Dr. Sukumar partners with Dr. Robert Conti so at our office we can both surgically place and restore dental implants for our patients. Dr. Conti can also perform bone-grafting procedures for patients who need additional bone support. We’re proud to offer comprehensive implant dentistry for our patients so they can be comfortable working with the team they know and trust during their implant procedures.
Contact Middletown Dental today to learn more about implant dentistry and how it can benefit you.