Life-Like Dental Implants in San Antonio
Tooth loss, of course, is something that is visible. Beyond what you see in the mirror and what others see when you smile, however, is what else can happen as a result of missing teeth. The consequences extend to oral health problems, general health concerns and issues of self-confidence. For these reasons, tooth replacement is essential. With dental implants, San Antonio dentist Dr. Melody Zamora can provide the finishing touch that will make your smile whole again and allow you to speak and chew with confidence.
The Consequences of Tooth Loss
To understand the value of replacing missing teeth with dental implants, let’s first consider what happens when you lose a tooth. First, of course, there are the visible consequences of an incomplete smile. Many people with tooth loss are reluctant to smile, laugh or speak in front of others. The ramifications can impact social as well as professional scenarios.
In addition, just one missing tooth not only affects the appearance of your smile but could also increase the risk of oral health problems. For instance, tooth decay in other teeth is more likely when you are missing teeth. Similarly, periodontal disease and misalignment are more likely to occur with tooth loss.
Finally, your general health may also be compromised as a result of missing teeth. Every single tooth in your mouth plays a role in chewing and proper digestion. Therefore, tooth loss can lead to varying degrees of malnutrition if you are unable to maintain a diet of nutritious foods that includes raw fruits and vegetables, lean meats and fish. Furthermore, if periodontal disease develops as a result of tooth loss, then your risk of bodily diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease increase, too.
How are Dental Implants a Better Tooth Replacement Option
Dental implants replace missing teeth and help you avoid all the unpleasant consequences. And unlike other tooth replacement options that merely rest on top of your gums—partials, dentures, crown and bridge—dental implants are embedded in your jaw thereby replacing both the root and crown of a missing tooth. In this way, you are more likely to avoid the jawbone deterioration that often happens with tooth loss or with other types of replacement. Without a root or dental implant to provide stimulation, bone has no reason to renew and re-grow healthy tissue. As a result, your jaw can begin to shrink, giving your face a sunken and haggard appearance.
Dental Implant Restorations
Once the implants are embedded in your jaw and have firmly integrated with the surrounding bone tissue, Dr. Zamora will provide the dental implant restoration. This is the portion above the gum line that everyone sees when you smile, talk and eat. Once in place, the restoration will look completely natural and fit comfortably alongside your other teeth.