When you lose a tooth or have lost multiple teeth, replacing these missing teeth should be taken very seriously. You likely already are if the lost teeth are in your visible smile. However, when the missing tooth is in the back of the mouth, some patients near the Santa Teresa area of San Jose, California, may put off replacing the tooth because they think they can get by without it, and nobody will notice. Dr. Natalie Provenzano and her associates would like to share some information about why it is so important to replace missing teeth, how dental implants can help, and why a process called osseointegration is so important.
When you are missing teeth, several oral health issues could arise if they are not replaced. Most people will want to replace missing front teeth visible in their smile. But what about teeth that aren’t so visible? Teeth you think you can do without. Let’s look at what can happen.
When you have missing teeth, several options will likely be available. These options typically include dental bridges, dentures, and dental implants. All offer benefits and can help, but only a dental implant replaces the tooth above and below the gum line. A dental implant is surgically implanted into the jawbone, effectively replacing the missing tooth’s root. This is important for an incredibly durable restoration that lasts a lifetime and preserves the jawbone’s health.
When you choose a dental implant, and it is implanted into the jawbone, there will be time required to heal from the procedure. During this time, a process called osseointegration will occur when the jaw and the implant fuse and integrate. This is what creates the stability and durability of a dental implant. It also allows the dental implant to stimulate the jawbone which is necessary to remain healthy.
Dr. Natalie Provenzano
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