It’s not uncommon at all to be missing a tooth here and there. The problem with having missing teeth is that you are more likely to suffer from bone loss where the tooth is missing. This bone loss can present complications as it advances, including making your dentures painful, creating sore spots in your mouth or even causing your facial structure to collapse.
Our Norcross dentists want to help you avoid the painful possibility of bone loss —and we also want to help you to have the best smile possible! Extensive research has proven that dental implants are an ideal solution to prevent bone loss, and they can help to fill in your smile.
Dental implants are an artificial tooth and tooth root that function like a natural tooth, replacing the missing tooth root in the bone and preventing bone loss. The implant is placed in the area where your tooth was extracted, and the bone actually holds it in place, just like it did with your original tooth.
It is ideal to have our cosmetic dentists replace your tooth immediately following an extraction. This quick turn-around means that your bone does not have much time to start to “dissolve” after the tooth is removed, so the original bone structure is more likely to be maintained.
If you did not have your dental implant placed immediately following your tooth extraction, it is possible that you have already experienced some bone loss to the area. Bone begins to recede when a tooth is removed if it is not replaced. You may feel a slight dip in the area where your tooth once was. Fortunately, you may be able to regain some of the bone you lost over time once you have your dental implant placed.
Dental implants can be a possibility even if you lost your tooth decades ago. Make an appointment with one of our Berkeley Lake dentists today to learn if you are a good candidate for dental implants.