Trauma, dental disease and dental decay are the leading causes that can result in tooth loss. If you are facing any of these circumstances and wonder if you can ever resume eating, speaking and smiling like before you sustained tooth loss, implant dentistry is the answer for you.
Accidents can happen anywhere at any time. If a tooth is knocked out, it is ideal if it can be replaced at a visit with your dentist within one hour, especially for a child. But when this is not possible or if more than one tooth is knocked out, an excellent option for an adult is dental implants. Replacing teeth with dental implants is the closest thing to having your own teeth back.
The origins for dental disease can be traced to genetics, illness, lifestyle habits, and most commonly to incorrect daily dental hygiene habits. We can’t control the dental issues that are handed down from our ancestors, and many illnesses can contribute to problems with teeth and gums.
But a proper diet, sufficient rest along with a healthy lifestyle can significantly contribute to healthy teeth and gums. Smoking and tobacco use are leading causes of dental disease. Proper daily brushing and flossing will stimulate gum tissue and keep plaque build-up to a minimum.
Tooth loss due to dental decay in most cases is preventable. Decay is an erosion of the protective enamel that covers the teeth. This breakdown of the enamel can be due to excessive sugar exposure, improper or lack of daily brushing and flossing, and failure to see your dental provider for a clinical cleaning and exam twice per year.
If tooth loss does occur, there are several options available. Timetable, budgetary concerns and appearance with functionality are topics to address. But for adults who wish to retain the ability to eat, speak and smile with confidence, the best option for consideration would be implant dentistry.
The oral surgeon will place a titanium implant in gum tissue where tooth loss has occurred. This small implant will fuse to bone tissue during the healing period acting much like the root of a natural tooth. When healed a final restoration will be permanently affixed to the implant that will match the surrounding teeth, making the implant virtually undetectable.
Functionality and a confident new smile make dental implants the perfect solution to tooth loss. If you’ve experienced tooth loss and would like to discuss dental implants, contact Dr. Stephen Weisglass, serving Queens and surrounding areas. Call 718-544-8787 to schedule your informative consultation.