After an Extraction, Follow Up With a Custom Dental Implant

There are several reasons you may need to have a tooth pulled. Sometimes it’s to solve a problem like infection or crowding, and sometimes it’s meant to prevent those issues. And while extracting a tooth may indeed be warranted, it may also lead to a new set of problems if you don’t fill the empty space.

Dr. Ken Lalezarian is our dental implant specialist at Dental Care of Beverly Hills in Southern California. Here, he explains the potential problems with leaving a gap in your teeth and the benefits of filling that void with an implant. 

Dental implants prevent bone loss

When you’re missing a tooth, whether by extraction, injury, or birth, you may deal with more than a cosmetic issue. In addition to chewing your food, your teeth serve a vital purpose. They support bone growth in your jaw. Every time you bite down, the force stimulates cell renewal in your jawbone. Without the tooth or teeth, the lack of pressure leads to bone loss.

But dental implants include a titanium post that anchors to your jaw and acts as the root. So when Dr. Lalezarian affixes a crown on top of that post, it replicates the pressure of your natural teeth when you chew which keeps your jawbone healthy and thriving.

Dental implants save your profile

When you think of teeth, you think of chewing and biting, but you may not realize that teeth also provide the skeletal structure for your mouth. If you’ve ever seen the face of someone who’s taken out their dentures, you’ll get a clear picture of just how important teeth are for your appearance.

Missing teeth allow your cheeks to sink in and your lips to wrinkle, making you look older than you are. But dental implants stand in as the perfect substitute and keep your face in good shape.

Dental implants help you chew

Every tooth has a role in your mouth. Some are designed for tearing, some for grinding, and some for nibbling. Missing a tooth is like missing a tool in your toolbox. You do your best to compensate for the lack, but inevitably, problems arise. Food gets stuck in the space, kernels of corn are left on the cob, and food goes down the hatch before it’s completely chewed.

A healthy digestive system relies on what happens in your mouth first. If you’re sending down chunks of food before they're adequately masticated, you could end up with acid reflux.

Dental implants prevent crooked teeth

When all your teeth are lined up in a row, they keep each other straight and tight. But when one or two go missing, you lose the structural integrity of the whole row. The adjacent teeth begin to shift into the gap and may even turn and twist a bit. Then the next teeth follow suit and lean in toward the others.

Dental implants stand in the gap and support the surrounding teeth so you can avoid braces or other corrective measures.

Dental implants keep your bite aligned

Have you ever taken a good look at the biting surfaces of your teeth? They have countless angles, peaks, and valleys that fit just right with their counterparts above and below. 

But if you’re missing teeth, it throws your bite (also known as occlusion) off. It may not sound like such a big deal, but you may feel differently when you start to experience headaches, jaw aches, muscle pain, extreme sensitivity, and worn-down teeth.

Dental implants save you from all this pain, as well as the inconvenience and expense of addressing those secondary issues.

Dental implants give you confidence

A gappy smile can make some people feel self-conscious and hesitant to socialize. When they do get together with others, they tend to stifle their smiles and laughter. 

Missing teeth also change the way you speak, causing lisps and even drooling. If your missing teeth are making you self-isolate and become sad or depressed, the answer is simple — dental implants.

Dr. Lalezarian is here to answer all your dental implant questions and, when you’re ready, perform the procedure so you can have a healthy, confident smile once again. For more information, give us a call or book an appointment online.

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