Are you missing one or more teeth? Dental implants might be the solution for you!
There are many causes for missing teeth, the most common being a result of gum disease, tooth decay, or an accident in which a tooth is accidentally knocked out from trauma. There’s also a hereditary condition some individuals experience where certain teeth do not come in at all, called hypodontia, or in more severe cases, when missing 6 or more teeth, oligodontia.
What harm can a missing tooth cause?
It’s not uncommon that patients visit us to seek help replacing a missing tooth – not only does a missing tooth affect the look of your smile, but it can also present various health issues. Missing teeth can encourage tooth movement – when your teeth shift out of their natural position, they not only look crooked, but are also more difficult to keep clean, putting you at a higher risk for decay and gingivitis. If you’re missing a tooth in your lower jaw, the tooth above in your upper jaw can grow downwards into the gap, a condition called supereruption. This can lead to unnecessary pain due to root exposure, irritation, or decay. When missing teeth, you may experience difficulty eating regular foods, chewing on the adjacent side to avoid the gap, causing unnecessary stress and wear to the teeth on that side of your mouth. These and other health problems are reason enough to explore options for replacing missing teeth, such as dental implants.
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is a titanium artificial tooth root that is surgically placed into the jaw to replace one or more missing teeth. Porcelain crowns, bridges, and dentures are fabricated for you to fit and attach to tooth implants, giving you a strong, stable, and durable solution for missing teeth. Tooth implants have a long lifespan and natural aesthetic – soon after the procedure, you’ll find that you can enjoy your favourite foods and smile with the same confidence as if it were your natural tooth.
Dr. Christie Schmidt
Dr. Patricia Kenny
Dr. Levi Ross
201 - 10010 88 Ave.
Fort Saskatchewan, AB