Dr. Kevin Burgdorf, DDS
Missing teeth are a headache. It becomes difficult for you to enjoy the foods you once loved. Smiling may be embarrassing. And eventually, the bone in your jaw will begin to deteriorate, leading to more lost teeth and changes in the shape of your face.
If you are missing teeth, you likely know this already and are probably troubled by what may be in your future. While other teeth-replacement options, such as dentures and bridges, can “fill in the blanks,” there is one thing that they can’t do – protect the bone in your jaw.
Today, a new option is available. Dental implants – a state-of-the-art new dental technology that is likely the future of dentistry – will not only give you back a complete and natural-looking smile, but will also stop bone loss in its tracks, preserving the appearance of your face and saving your other teeth.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are essentially a three-part system. The actual implant part of dental implants is a small titanium post that is placed surgically in your jaw in the space left by your missing tooth. The next part of the implant is called an abutment, and it attaches to the post above your gumline.
The final piece of the dental implant is a crown, which is fixed to the abutment. This crown is specially designed to look exactly like one of your own natural teeth, blending in flawlessly for a beautiful smile. Dr. Burgdorf received extensive hands-on training in restoring implants during his residency in Cincinnati, and he continues to further his understanding of dental implants through continuing education.
The Dental Implant Difference
The cost of dental implants is higher than other tooth-replacement options, but dental implants have a singular, dynamic advantage over these older options.
The roots of your teeth are important for more than just holding your teeth in place. Working deep inside your jaw, they are also a crucial part of your body’s natural repair system. The roots of your teeth stimulate the renewal of new bone tissue, keeping the tissue of your jaw healthy and strong. When you lose a tooth, this process comes to a halt. The bone tissue can no longer restore itself and begins to deteriorate, eventually affecting the neighboring teeth and creating a vicious cycle.
When the bone in your jaw deteriorates, you begin to develop the sunken look that is so common in people with missing teeth. This sunken appearance ages you and gives away your secret to everybody.
Are Dental Implants Right for Me?
If you are interested in learning more about dental implants and what they can do for you, call our Bridgeton dental office today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Burgdorf. He can examine your gums and teeth and discuss your dental goals with you to determine if dental implants are the right choice.