At St. Mary’s Dental, we know that there are plenty of reasons why you may have missing teeth! Dental injuries, severe tooth decay, and root canal infections can all lead to tooth loss—or the need for extractions. Most American adults who suffer from periodontitis, which is a very advanced form of gum disease, will usually experience tooth loss. In fact, untreated gum disease is the number one reason for tooth loss in the United States.
The good news is that at our Mechanicsville office, we can provide the restorative dentistry option known as dental implants.
Most patients focus on how missing teeth affect their appearance and their confidence levels. Your emotional health is an important factor to consider when thinking about the benefits of dental implants. However, you should also know about the negative impact that missing teeth have on your oral health.
Missing teeth can mean:
- Higher risk for gum disease
- Loosening, shifting, or loss of remaining teeth
- Resorption of jawbone
- Loss of facial structure
- Suffering improper bites and temporomandibular joint issues
Dental Implant Process
A dental implant is comprised of a titanium post that’s surgically embedded into your jawbone. At St. Mary’s Dental, Dr. McCray and Dr. Demer will evaluate if you are a candidate for dental implants. Both Dr. McCray and Dr. Demer perform implant surgery and have received their fellowship in implant training through the International Dental Implant Association. Some implant placements will require a referral to an oral surgeon, however, most implants can be placed in our office. Once the implant is placed, we evaluate your healing and uncover the implant in order to begin the process of making your tooth/teeth that will sit on top of the implant(s). Once fabricated, the prosthetic tooth/teeth are precisely seated onto the implant(s) to restore the beauty and function of your mouth.
Having dental implants are very beneficial to your health. For example, dental implants:
- Properly aligns your bite
- Prevents TMJ problems
- Increases Returns functionality
- Allows better speaking
- Strengthens jawbone
- Increases functionality
- Improves eating abilities
- Remains strong and durable for a long time
- Returns oral health
- Can never get a cavity