Unless you’re a child eagerly awaiting the tooth fairy, having a missing tooth is not fun. Even one missing tooth—never mind more than one—can have unfortunate consequences, which include an incomplete smile, difficulty speaking and a compromised diet because you can’t eat healthy foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables. Fortunately, however, there is a solution. Dental implants are a lifelike tooth replacement that will have you smiling confidently again. Dr. James G. Mace in Washington, MO, works in conjunction with a qualified implant surgeon to restore your smile with dental implants.
People have missing teeth for a variety of reasons, including:
- Extreme decay that necessitates extraction
- A failed root canal
- Advanced gum disease
- Traumatic injury
- Congenital defects
Whatever the reason, replacing missing teeth is critical. Left unattended, missing teeth can lead to other oral health concerns such as teeth that shift out of place, thus causing an improper bite, and jawbone deterioration.
Dental Implants to the Rescue
If Dr. Mace determines that a dental implant is appropriate for you, then he will send you to a specialist in implant surgery. There, you will have the post, or “root,” of your new tooth surgically implanted in the jawbone beneath the open socket of your missing tooth. As you heal, your bone tissue will fuse with the titanium post and create a solid foundation. Once the implant is secure, Dr. Mace will attach a handcrafted, permanent crown to the post. Your new restoration will match your natural teeth and blend seamlessly with your smile. In addition, dental implants can be used to firmly anchor bridges, partials, or full dentures to eliminate slipping.
Schedule an Appointment Today
If you would like to know whether or not you are a candidate for dental implants to replace your missing teeth, then call the office of Dr. Mace in Washington, MO. We also conveniently serve patients from Marthasville, Krakow, Union, Dutzow, New Haven, Augusta and the surrounding towns.