Millions of Americans will deal with some degree of tooth loss every year. Whether as a result of gum disease or other issues like trauma or a sports injury, over 40% of adults over age 30 in the United States are missing at least one tooth, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Despite the fact that tooth loss is not reversible, there are a number of options available to help restore your smile and oral health. The family dentists at Granville Dental, LLC, Dr. Robert Dawe and Dr. Evan Fielder, recommend dental implants for healthy adults suffering from full or partial tooth loss in Granville, IL.
Implants restore a missing tooth in two stages: the implant, a small titanium screw that acts as the root, and the cosmetic crown. Like other restorations, implants restore function and aesthetics after tooth loss, but they also protect your oral health by preventing bone loss in the gums, one of the side effects of tooth loss and a major factor in gum (periodontal) disease. Implants help to secure the crown in place so that once it is in, it looks, feels, and functions just like a natural tooth. Implants can also support a set of dentures if you are suffering from full tooth loss. In that case, a few implants would be needed to secure the dentures on your upper or lower jaw.
Because the implants need to fuse with the existing bone tissue in the gums in order to stay in place, you must have sufficient bone density to support the implant. Dental implants also require rigorous oral hygiene care at home, and regular visits to your family dentist (every six months) for preventive and follow up care.
Find a Family Dentist in Granville, IL
You don't have to settle for a damaged smile or live with tooth loss. For more information about dental implants, contact Granville Dental, LLC in Granville, IL, also serving Peru, Spring Valley, Princeton, Oglesby, and La Salle areas by calling (815) 339-6888 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Dawe or Dr. Fielder today.