No doubt, a missing tooth can negatively impact your image, but did you know it also compromises your oral health? When a tooth is missing, the surrounding dentition shifts, destroying the integrity of your bite. Your jawbone also deteriorates at a rapid rate, beginning almost as soon as you lose a tooth.
Do missing teeth plague your smile, ask Dr. Tony Ratliff about restoring your missing teeth with dental implants. A dental implant consists of a small titanium screw that is placed into the jawbone during a minimally invasive surgical procedure. Your body accepts the metal alloy in the dental implant so well that the bone integrates with the screw to create an anchor that simulates a natural tooth root. When your surgery has healed, you will return to Dr. Tony Ratliff to have an aesthetic crown placed over the implant. The crown will blend with your existing dentition flawlessly, and no one will know you have an implant – unless you tell them. You can read more about dental implants here.
Dr. Tony Ratliff also offers Mini Dental Implants (MDI) by Imtec for denture wearers that suffer with their lower dentures. Denture stabilization with Mini Dental Implants can solve your problems. The mini implants can be placed in about an hour, and your denture can be immediately “snapped” into place. Because of the small size of the implants and the minimally invasive surgical procedure, you will be able to enjoy a light meal about an hour after having the mini implants placed. Mini Dental Implants are surprisingly affordable at a fraction of the cost of traditional dental implants.
Dental implants are an ideal option for people who have lost a tooth or multiple teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason. Missing teeth pose a serious risk to your oral health. Don’t delay in calling Stony Creek Dentistry in Noblesville to set up your dental implant consultation today.