Missing Teeth Equals Lost Bone
Dr. Winchester is passionate about informing all Morehead City area residents that losing one or more of your teeth can cause a gap in your smile, the loss of chewing function and the inability to eat a complete diet. Without the tooth to stimulate the jaw, the bone beneath it will begin to shrink in the same manner that muscle underneath a cast gets smaller. Since your facial bone supports the skin and muscle on top of it, missing teeth can cause your face to appear drawn and look prematurely aged.
Dentures vs. Dental Implants
Dental implants have become the premier solution for people in Morehead City who have lost a tooth or multiple teeth, and are now preferred over removable dentures or bridges. Dental implants completely simulate natural teeth in both form and function, and are ultimately a replacement for the root of the missing tooth. Unlike removable dentures, a dental implant allows you to floss, chew, and smile normally again, while simultaneously preserving facial structure and preventing deterioration of the surrounding bone.
How Implants Work
The good news is that dental implants are an amazing solution, simulating a natural tooth and actually replacing the root of the missing tooth. The dental implant is secured in the bone and functions as the root of your tooth, bonding naturally with the jawbone and preventing deterioration of the surrounding bone and preserving facial structure. Most dental implants can be cleaned by brushing and flossing in the just the same way as natural teeth. Once the dental implant has bonded to the bone, a dental restoration or dental crown can even be fitted over the implant, giving an appearance and function similar to the adjacent natural teeth.
There are a variety of factors that Dr. Winchester uses to determine if a patient is a candidate for tooth replacement with dental implant restorations. Contact Comprehensive Dental Center today for an evaluation of your overall health and the health of your mouth to determine if you are a candidate for dental implants in Morehead City.