Daily life with a compromised or missing tooth can be challenging. Eating the foods you would normally enjoy becomes difficult; talking or smiling at other people may cause you to feel self-conscious or embarrassed about your teeth.
Did you know that your missing tooth is also impacting your oral health? There is good news because dental implants are an excellent solution for replacing your tooth, and Dr. Cradduck can help restore your smile.
Oral Health and Missing Teeth
It’s important to know how a missing tooth affects your oral health. When your root is missing, your bone doesn’t have anything to support and it begins to dissolve, or resorb. This changes the appearance of your face over time, and eventually eliminates support for your other teeth, which can lead to more tooth loss.
If you don’t replace your missing tooth, your remaining teeth will begin to shift into the open space. This can cause many problems including bite misalignment and increased risk of developing gum disease and tooth decay.
When your bite doesn’t align properly, it can cause headaches and contribute to clenching and grinding, as well as painful jaw joint issues. In order to protect your oral health, it’s best to think about replacing a missing tooth as soon as possible.
How Can Dental Implants Help?
Dental implants are the best option for replacing one or more missing teeth because they restore both your tooth and your root. A titanium post that is surgically placed into your bone takes the place of your root. Titanium naturally integrates with your bone because it’s biocompatible, and this creates the foundation for your new tooth, or implant crown.
Your implant crown is composed of high-quality porcelain that Dr. Cradduck customizes to match your existing teeth. Your new crown mimics your tooth in every way so you’ll enjoy eating, chewing, smiling, and talking with ease again. You’ll also be able to brush and floss normally, which makes your implant easy to care for.
Comprehensive Implant Dentistry
While many dentists refer their patients their patients to specialists for implant placement, Dr. Cradduck’s extensive skills and training allow him to provide this service for patients right here in our Hagerstown office.
He can place both traditional and mini dental implants and create implant crowns, dental bridges, partials or dentures; and this all takes place while you work with the team you already know and trust.
There’s really no reason you should live with a compromised or missing tooth when there are great restorative options available. If you’d like to learn more about dental implants and how they can restore your smile, contact Hagerstown Family Dental today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Cradduck.