Erie, Harborcreek and Millcreek, PA
At Laser Dentistry of Erie, LLC, Dr. Albert Starr believes in preventing tooth loss whenever possible. However, losing teeth often can be inevitable—and more common than you may realize. Statistics gathered by the American College of Prosthodontists show that at least 120 million individuals in America have lost at least one permanent tooth. A dental implant is considered the finest tooth replacement option that currently is available in restorative dentistry. If you have lost any of your adult teeth and researched implants as an option, you probably know that an implant is virtually permanent, and it looks and functions more like a real tooth than any other restorative treatment you can choose. However, Dr. Starr wants to educate you that receiving dental implants in Erie also can protect you against further tooth loss.
Implants stimulate your supporting bone structure
If you lose a permanent tooth, then it’s inevitable that the jawbone in the area where that tooth resided will begin to deteriorate. This is because the jawbone no longer gets the constant stimulation that was provided by the tooth root. An implant is the only way to prevent this deterioration, which occurs in a process called resorption. When the implant screw is installed into your jaw, it provides the stimulation that previously came from the tooth root. Otherwise, the resorption eventually may compromise the neighboring teeth, possibly causing you to lose them as well and magnifying the issues with your oral health.
Implants are self-supportive
A dental bridge relies on the adjacent natural teeth for support. Partial dentures rest on the gums and often have hooks and clasps in place to provide stability. Full dentures lack these clasps but may slip and shift in your mouth as you eat and speak. Implants support themselves since they are anchored by the implant screws that are placed into the jawbone. Because they are self-supportive, the installation of a dental implant will not exert any additional stress or forces upon your other natural teeth, allowing them to stay healthier longer.
Implants are easy to maintain
Can you brush your teeth? Can you floss? If so, then you know everything you need to know to properly care for your implant. Not only does an implant look and feel more like a real tooth than any other tooth replacement option, but an implant also can be cleaned just like a natural tooth through normal brushing and flossing. By comparison, the spaces around bridgework could cause an accumulation of cavity-causing bacteria and plaque, posing another threat to your oral health.
Dental implant dentist in Erie
Losing a permanent tooth might be common, as the statistics above show, but it still can be traumatic. You can do your part to prevent future anguish, and additional tooth loss, by opting for a tooth replacement that will do more to protect your other natural teeth. Visit Laser Dentistry of Erie, LLC, and begin the process of receiving a dental implant today. Call our office at (814) 825-2615 to schedule a consultation.
Laser Dentistry of Erie, LLC, serves the oral health needs of our patients in Erie, Harborcreek, and Millcreek, PA.