Dental Implants and Your Oral Health

Our Greensboro, NC area patients know that dental implants can help prevent tooth decay and gum disease. It would shock our many teeth restoration patients to learn just how many people choose to carry on with their lives without replacing their missing teeth. It seems that these people believe that if their missing teeth aren’t causing them any pain or cannot be seen, then there is no reason to treat those teeth. What they don’t understand is that there are many potential issues that can arise due to the empty spaces left behind by missing teeth. Today, Dr. Steven Hatcher is blogging from Greensboro, NC to talk about just some of these potential issues you may face if you fail to restore your missing teeth with dental implants.

Defend Your Oral Well-being with Dental Implants

When a tooth is lost, all that is left behind is the empty spot where that tooth used to reside. We call these empty spaces “food traps” because of how easy it is for food and debris to get caught in them. It is important to keep these areas free of any leftover meals because the food caught in these areas can attract bacteria. It is possible for this bacteria to cause an infection in your gums. We call this infection gum disease, and some symptoms of it include chronic bad breath, bleeding or swollen gums, chewing pain, and gum recession. If left untreated, gum disease can spread around your mouth, compromising your remaining natural teeth to the point where they will need to be removed.

Another potential problem that can come from food traps is teeth drifting. Many people don’t realize that our teeth work together to hold each other firmly in place. When you lose a tooth, the surrounding teeth can begin to move or lean into these empty spaces. When this happens, these drifted teeth tend to end up in positions that make them hard to keep clear of plaque. And, if you are unable to get all the plaque of your teeth each night, it will create acids that will eat away at your teeth. We call this condition tooth decay, and some symptoms include chronic bad breath, off color spots on your teeth, and toothaches.

Fortunately, it is possible to fill food traps with dental implants. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made from titanium that are fused to the jawbone. Through a process called osseointegration, your dental implant will be accepted by your body as a natural piece of your jaw structure. Because of this process, your dental implants will feel no different from any one of your natural teeth.

Call and Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Steven Hatcher

We understand that many people choose to go without teeth restoration treatment because of the costs involved. It is because of this that we are happy to offer a wide variety of different payment plans and financing options that can help fit dental implants into any patient’s budget. If you would like to learn more about dental implants or our financing options, we encourage you to contact us and schedule a no-obligation consultation with dental implant provider Dr. Steven Hatcher today.