You’ve probably heard people say they didn’t appreciate what they had until it was gone. That’s especially true for our teeth.
Without proper care and good oral hygiene, you could lose your teeth to decay. At other times, people lose teeth in an instant as a result of an accident or injury.
We hope neither of these things happens to you or anyone you love, but if it does, you may want to consider dental implants.
If you live in or near Nashua, our team at Nashua Family Dentistry has been trained to fill in the gaps in your mouth so you can smile and eat with confidence.
Effects of missing teeth
We know that missing teeth can affect how you feel. You may become more self-conscious about your smile or about meeting new people.
You may even find ways to hide your mouth when you talk or laugh in hopes that people won’t notice the gaps between your teeth. Even if they don’t see the gaps, they do notice your behavior.
Beyond the effects that missing teeth have on you, you may not realize some of the ways that your missing teeth can affect your health as well.
When you lose a tooth, you also lose something that stimulates your jawbone. The teeth in your mouth provide constant stimulation, which helps the bone grow and remain strong. Without that, the bone can weaken in areas without any teeth.
According to an article by Dr. Carl E. Misch for deardoctor.com, your bone can lose up to 25 percent of its thickness within 12 months of losing a tooth.
This can also lead to a loss of gum tissue, which can increase your risk of losing additional teeth, which starts the cycle again.
In short, if you lose teeth, your mouth will have a better chance of staying healthier if you replace those missing teeth with dental implants.
Another way dental implants help is by providing support for your remaining teeth. If you have a gap between your teeth, the mutual support those teeth provided one another is lost.
A dental implant can be used to hold a dental crown or bridge, which both looks and acts like your real teeth.
You may be thinking that dentures can do this, too. That’s true to a degree, but dental implants will provide you with more bite strength and greater stability than dentures held in place by an adhesive.
Dental implants are designed to replace the roots of your missing tooth. The root is an anchor that holds your tooth in place in your jawbone.
When you lose a tooth, it leaves a hole in your jaw just like it leaves a gap in your smile. Dental implants are titanium screws that we can place inside your jaw to replace your root. Like the root, the dental implants stimulate the bone, spurring new growth and keeping it strong.
As you heal from your placement, we can fit the abutment of the implant with a dental crown (for one tooth), a bridge (for multiple teeth), or dentures (for a full arch).
The crowns and bridges are made to look and feel like real teeth. Many people who are meeting you may never know that you have “false teeth” unless you tell them.
Likewise, modern dentures are more tooth-like than ever before. And when you fit those dentures onto dental implants, you will experience better bite force than with other types of dentures.
The implant-supported dentures we offer include All-on-4 and All-on-6 dental implants. These work by strategically placing four or six dental implants in your jaw. When your jaw is ready, we use screws to attach the dentures to your implants. (This short video illustrates how the process works.)
As we mentioned earlier, tooth loss can affect your bone density. If you jawbone is not wide enough to support full implants, we also offer mini implants. These are smaller than traditional dental implants, but still provide greater support than you can get from adhesives.
If time is a factor, we also offer Same-Day Smiles. With this service, we can give you back the appearance of a full set of teeth in just one visit to our office.
Reliable, durable tooth replacement
Simply put, dental implants are the most reliable tooth replacement service we offer our patients. The implants function and feel just like real teeth when fitted with porcelain crowns and bridges or an arch of dentures.
In many cases, you will have chewing power close to what you had with your natural teeth, and that means you can eat the foods you like to eat when you want to eat them.
Nashua Family Dentistry can’t give you your teeth back, but we can give you the next best thing. To schedule your dental implant placement or to learn more, call our office at 603-546-7460 or fill out our online form.