Do you remember how excited you were when you lost your teeth as a child? You knew that the tooth fairy would come to get your teeth (and she usually left something behind).
And you knew that your adult teeth would be coming in soon.
Now, how disappointed are you (or would you be) to lose your teeth as an adult?
The tooth fairy doesn’t seem to want adult teeth, and you aren’t going to be able to grow new ones.
If you live in Houston or the surrounding area, you can replace your missing tooth or teeth, however. Precise Dental Care of Houston offers dental implants, which can provide a foundation to replace one tooth, multiple teeth, and even a complete arch of teeth.
Knowing What You Have Lost
Many people have said this about many things, but when you lose your teeth, you really may not know what you had until they are gone.
When you lose your teeth as an adult, it affects your self-perception and your quality of life.
Tooth loss is often the result of poor oral hygiene. If you don’t care for your teeth properly, they aren’t going to last. This is why dentists stress that patients should brush their teeth (twice a day for two minutes each time) and floss daily.
It’s also why we want you to visit us for professional cleanings and routine checkups. If we can look at your mouth, we can identify issues early and treat them before they become serious problems.
Mentally and emotionally, tooth loss can leave you feeling embarrassed or ashamed of your smile. When you are talking to someone, you may worry that they are paying more attention to what’s missing from your mouth instead of what you are saying.
You may even try to hide your teeth whenever you speak or eat. Some people will hold their hands in front of their faces whenever they talk or keep a napkin in front of their mouths while they chew their food.
Physically, tooth loss can affect your ability to bite into and chew certain foods. It can change the way you pronounce some words, and that can be embarrassing in a different way.
Without getting into too much detail, a single loss tooth can start a pattern of bone loss, which could lead to more lost teeth down the road.
How To Restore What Is Missing
As we have seen, teeth are important to our self-confidence and to our quality of life. You should feel comfortable showing your smile, and you should be able to keep eating the foods that your enjoy.
And you can with dental implants.
Dental implants are made to replace the roots of your missing teeth. Implants are made of titanium or other biocompatible materials. This allows them to go through a process called osseointegration.
This means your bones will bond directly to your implants after they are placed. This holds it securely in place.
This also means that your dental implants encourage new bone growth, which keeps your bone healthy. That’s good for any natural teeth you still have in your mouth.
How Implants Can Help You
Let’s consider the emotional and physical effects of lost teeth.
As we said early, a missing tooth or teeth can leave you feeling self-conscious about yourself and your smile.
If you have lost a single tooth, we can place a dental implant in its place and add a dental crown to restore the appearance of a full set of teeth.
If you have lost multiple teeth, we can place an implant or two in your jaw. Then we can add a dental bridge to revive your smile.
And even if you have lost a full arch of teeth, we can strategically place multiple implants in your jaw. These implants can support a set of dentures that will not slip of out place when you eat and speak.
Physically, dental implants are held in place by your bone (just like your natural teeth). This makes them secure and solid. This means you can continue eating all the foods you enjoy. You won’t have to worry about something being too hard or too chewy to eat.
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If you have lost a tooth or teeth, don’t let that affect your self-confidence, and don’t let it limit what you can eat.
Since you can’t regrow your teeth, dental implants are the best replacement option in modern dentistry. They can restore both your bite force and your smile.