Bridging the Gap of Missing Teeth

Maybe you knocked your tooth out in a heated game of ice hockey. Or maybe you had an infection or severe decay. However you lost your tooth, it’s very important to bridge that gap. Not only will it improve your smile and your confidence, but it also serves a higher purpose — it preserves your oral health.

Our team here at Dental Care of Beverly Hills helps people throughout Southern California looking to optimize their grin, but cosmetic dentistry isn’t always just about appearances. 

This is especially true when it comes to missing teeth. 

Dr. Ken Lalezarian encourages our patients with missing teeth to consider the benefits of dental implants, because keeping your gap can pose significant health problems, such as the following.

Bone loss in your jaw

About 178 million people in America walk around with at least one missing tooth, and a surprising 40 million are missing all of them. Some may opt for removable dentures or even bridges, but the best option is the dental implant, and here’s why.

Every time you bite and chew, your teeth apply pressure to your jaw bone. In fact, your jaw bone relies on this pressure to stimulate the growth of cells and tissue. When you lose a tooth, the pressure is gone, so your bone begins to atrophy and you lose bone mass. Dental implants are the only substitute that replicates this pressure.

Alignment problems

Whether it’s one tooth, two, or a whole row, a gap in your teeth leaves space that was never meant to be there. Your teeth were designed to fit snugly up against one another, providing support and stability.

When one or more of them go missing, there’s nothing to keep the neighboring teeth from shifting over into that empty space. Your teeth become crooked, your gums loosen up, and your bite is misaligned, which can cause jaw pain and tooth damage. Dental implants fill the space and save your other teeth.

Facial disfiguration

In addition to supporting one another, your teeth provide some of the structure for your facial features. Missing teeth allow your muscles and skin to sink in and sag down, altering your look. 

You may notice premature wrinkles and lines, sunken cheeks, and drooping skin, all of which can make you appear older. But whether you’re old or young, dental implants can restore your oral health and your image.

How dental implants solve the problem

Dental implants are the next best thing to your natural tooth because they include a titanium post that Dr. Lalezarian anchors into your jaw bone, effectively replacing the root you lost. This post applies the much-needed pressure to stimulate your bone and keep it healthy and growing.

The post is covered by an abutment and then a porcelain crown that matches the color, shape, and size of your other teeth. The result is a natural-feeling replacement that you’ll never know is there. You can eat anything you want and care for it just as you do your natural teeth. 

If you want to save your jaw, your face, and your tooth, call us or book an appointment online to get started on your dental implant today.

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