Novato Dental Implants Dentist Discusses Replacement of Missing Teeth

Written by Dr. McConnell on Mar 1, 2016

Dental implants are one of the best methods available for replacing missing teeth. In the past, you had limited choices for tooth replacement, but the Novato Dental Implants Dentist now provides you with the option of dental implants that help preserve your oral health while restoring function and beauty.

Why Missing Teeth are a Problem

The major problem created by missing teeth is that surrounding teeth can become crooked. Even one missing tooth can alter the alignment of the rest of your teeth and cause them to move out of their proper position.

This happens because a missing tooth allows surrounding teeth to drift into the empty space. In turn, this creates a domino effect and can leave you with severe alignment issues. When teeth are crooked, you face these other oral health issues as well:

  • Teeth grinding
  • Premature wear
  • Temporomandibular joint disorder

Missing teeth can cause other problems such as deterioration of your jawbone. When you have all your teeth, the roots help stimulate growth of the bone in the jaw as you chew. If you have missing teeth, the bone can deteriorate over time. This can change your dental bite and, if not treated by your dentist, cause a change in the shape of your face and your appearance.

Replacing Teeth with Dental Implants

Dental implants are widely used in modern dentistry since they can replace a single or multiple missing teeth, and they do not require alteration of adjacent teeth like dental crowns do. Dental implants are set directly into the jaw bone and, over a period of time, the dental implant bonds with the bone. 

The Novato Dental Implants Dentist will then place a dental crown over the root portion of the implant, restoring your smile. Advances in modern dentistry have created a replacement that enhances your oral health as well as your appearance. –