Missing teeth can alter speaking and can cause a loss of self-esteem.  It can also hinder normal chewing and digestion of food.  Teeth are a major role in a normal life and there are options available to restore your smile back to normal.
 
While there are many reasons for tooth loss, cavities are not the main cause despite what many people believe.  Periodontal disease, otherwise known as gum disease, is a major reason for the loss of teeth.  There is a strong correlation between gum disease and Type 2 diabetes and cigarette smoking.  Those with high blood pressure also seem to be more susceptible to gum disease.  Of course, there are other reasons a person might have lost a tooth.  For example, there could have been trauma due to a fight, accident, or contact sports.  Dental decay does lead to tooth extraction when left untreated, which can leave you with missing teeth.  Finally, some people suffer from congenital defects regarding how the teeth erupt in the mouth.  Hypodontia is a condition where up to five teeth will be missing from the mouth.
 
No matter what the cause or how many teeth are missing, modern dentistry has another option besides the bridge or dentures.  Consider instead the benefits of a dental implant.
 

What is a Dental Implant?

 
Dental implants are a part of cosmetic dentistry where a titanium post is placed within the bone socket of the missing tooth.  The jawbone will grow around the implanted metal post which will anchor it securely into the jaw.  A connector post, called an abutment, is attached to the post to securely hold in the new tooth, referred to as the crown.  The dentist will make impressions of the mouth to get an accurate model of your bite, so they can accurately build the crown.
 

Benefits of Dental Implants

 
Natural looking finish superior to other tooth replacement options.
Longer lasting than other tooth replacement options.
The bone below the tooth will be stimulated thereby avoiding bone loss and changes to facial appearance.
The success rate of dental implants is 90 percent and if it would happen to fail, you would know within the first year.
 

If you are considering dental implants in Las Vegas, call the office of Dr. Tomaro at 702-331-4700. We are well-experienced in several fields of dentistry and would be happy to further explain the dental implant process during a consultation.

 

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