When left untreated, tooth decay can increase, spread to other areas in the mouth. This in turn, can result in further tooth loss. Unfortunately, gaps in your smile can also erode self-confidence. However, dental implants can help stop the cycle of decay, tooth loss and poor oral health. Once the space or spaces are filled from missing teeth, plaque and bacteria can no longer build in the area and the function of the lost tooth is restored. Here is some further information about tooth decay and dental implants.
Tooth Decay In The Past
A diet high in sugar or refined carbohydrates can cause an overgrowth of bacteria which causes acids that erode tooth enamel. Our diet used to be high protein and extremely low in carbohydrates. As modern culture has developed, refined products have increased and people began experiencing tooth decay in greater numbers.
Tooth Decay Today
In the past, dentists were seen only when patients needed a tooth extraction. Today, tooth extractions are pain-free, but empty holes in your mouth can still create lots of problems. Not all patients take adequate care of dental problems and many end up with bite problems, shifting of other teeth and further tooth loss. Additionally, hole created by missing teeth are magnets for food and bacteria. Dental implants allow for restoration of both function and appearance because they fill the spaces in your mouth with natural-looking replacement teeth.
The Dental Implant Process
After you have an examination with one of the Doctors at Bayview Smile Design, you will be scheduled for your dental implant procedure. First the doctor will make a small incision in your gum tissue. Next, a small titanium fixture will be implanted into your jawbone. Then, an abutment piece is connected to the fixture piece and the patient is sent home or more healing. The last stage involves the attachment of an artificial tooth or crown.
In a few short months, patients will be left with a beautiful new replacement tooth that looks and feels exactly like their other teeth. Dental implants also fill gaps that can trap food and bacteria, correct weak and sunken facial muscles, and can help strengthen a weakened bite. And forget about complicated oral hygiene or expensive cleaning products, your new implants are virtually maintenance free.
Get A Healthy Smile Today With Dental Implants
Tooth decay impacts the vast majority of patients at some point in their lives. This does not have to mean that a gorgeous and healthy smile is out of reach. Luckily, strong and natural-looking dental implants can provide a perfect solution that looks and feels just like your real teeth. Tooth decay does not need to prevent you from having a beautiful and functional smile. To learn more about dental implants check out the rest of our website or call our Fort Lauderdale, FL practice to schedule a consultation. We have great financing options and a friendly staff ready to answer any questions you may have. Come see Bayview Smile Design for a beautiful new smile with dental implants.