Losing a tooth can be embarrassing and damaging to your oral health. Once a permanent tooth falls out or gets knocked out of the mouth, some unhealthy changes start to occur. These include gradual movement of the remaining teeth in your mouth, decreased oral function and bone loss due to the absence of stimulation in the jawbone beneath the empty tooth socket. You could have your missing tooth replaced with a bridge, but that will not stop the bone loss that occurs after tooth loss because a bridge is not capable of stimulating the jaw bone like a tooth root is designed to do. Fortunately, dental implants can help support your oral health after tooth loss in the following key ways.  

 1. Keep Your Remaining Teeth in Place  
 When a dental implant is placed in an empty tooth socket as quickly as possible, it can prevent the unwanted tooth movement that naturally occurs when the remaining teeth try to fill in the space of the missing tooth. If you have missing teeth and you want to keep your bite the way it is right now, ask Dr. Angela Cotey if you’re a good candidate for implants.  

2. Retain Oral Function  
Trying to eat when you’re missing one or more teeth can be a challenge. When your sensitive gum tissue is exposed, your dietary choices become more limited. Getting dental implants is a great way to restore full oral function so you can continue to enjoy a healthy and varied diet.  

 3. Maintain Bone Health  
 Did you know dental implants are the only type of tooth replacement that can stimulate the jaw bone like tooth roots do? This is because each implant post is inserted directly into the jaw bone where it integrates into the bone and provides the stimulation necessary to avoid rapid bone loss.    

 Improve Your Oral Health Today  
 If you currently have missing teeth, today is a great day to improve your oral health with implants. Schedule your dental implant consultation with Dr. Cotey in Mt. Horeb, WI by calling Village Smile Care during business hours.