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Losing one of your teeth can be a disappointment, but fortunately, there are steps you can take to restore your smile. Left untreated, the gap in your smile can make it difficult to enjoy your favorite meals. As your neighboring teeth shift into the open area, your alignment changes for the worse, which can lead to an increased risk for tooth decay and gum disease. By tackling this problem with a custom dental prosthetic, you can return the look of a full smile with the function of a lifelike replacement tooth!

At your Newport Beach, CA dental practice, we are happy to help you explore your options for restoring your smile. When you come into our office, we can evaluate the health of your mouth to determine if you are a candidate for a dental implant. This solution secures steadily within your jaw to hold a dental crown for years. By learning more about your options for steadying your bite, you can relieve the frustration of your dental loss.

The Importance Of A Healthy Jawbone

Your bite plays a critical role in maintaining the health of your jaw. When your bite aligns properly, and you have all of your teeth, they transfer the force of chewing through their roots into the bone itself. This signals the body’s nervous system to provide important nutrients to replenish the health of your bone. Conversely, when you lose a tooth, you lose the signal, and the body begins redirecting resources elsewhere. Over time this can lead to an erosion or shortening of the bone. Left untreated, this can cause you to lose more teeth and have a sunken appearance.

Placing Your Dental Implant

We can take xrays of your jawbone to determine if it is strong enough to hold an implant. These images also help us plan our angle of approach to carefully avoid injuring the system of nerves and vessels that lie below your socket. By inserting a titanium post directly into your bone, your body’s tissues will fuse to hold it securely in place. After recovering from the procedure, we can place a prosthetic to replicate the look of your tooth above the gumline. For a single tooth, we suggest a dental crown. For more extensive dental loss, we can explore implant-supported bridges or dentures.

To care for your new tooth, simply continue practicing daily oral hygiene. By brushing and flossing each day, you support your gum health to assist in holding the implant securely in your smile. This behavior will support your remaining natural teeth to serve your smile for years!

Talk To Your Newport Beach, CA Dentist About Restoring Your Missing Tooth

We can place a dental implant to help you recover from dental loss. To find out more about this treatment or schedule a visit, please contact your Newport Beach, CA dentist’s office at (949) 630-0143.