A missing tooth is more than just a cosmetic consideration; it’s a serious matter. If a missing tooth isn’t visible in a person’s so-called “smile zone,” sometimes the patient will opt not to replace it. Each tooth in your mouth plays an important role in your overall dental health. Choosing not to replace a missing tooth is a mistake.

For example, consider this likely chain of events: The loss of a back tooth can hinder one’s ability to chew, but that missing tooth’s absence can cause even greater problems. A missing tooth allows the other teeth to shift out of place. Teeth that are misaligned are teeth that are difficult to clean well. And if your teeth aren’t able to be properly cleaned, then gum disease, tooth decay and tooth loss can follow.

Perhaps the most crucial reason a missing tooth should be replaced is bone loss. The bone structure that lies beneath the gums holds the teeth in place. Once a tooth is gone, the bone that was supporting that particular tooth begins to wear away. Bone needs stimulation to maintain its form and density, so without a tooth in that area, the bone begins to break down.

This wearing away of bone can cause the teeth surrounding the gap to move inward toward the empty space. Consequently, one missing tooth can result in several crooked teeth, which produce the cause-and-effect scenario described above.

If you have one or more missing teeth, explore the option of dental implant restoration, a treatment using substitute or replacement tooth roots which provide a stable foundation for a replacement crown.

Dental implants are an effective solution for those who have lost teeth due to periodontal disease, tooth decay or traumatic injury. Implants serve as sturdy anchors for replacement teeth because they are inserted into the natural bone, which actually grows around the post, permanently holding it in place.

This strong and stable solution for missing teeth helps you to achieve optimal oral health, function and appearance. Dental implants look like natural teeth, and they function like natural teeth. Implants give you a long-term solution to restoring your valuable smile, while also helping to protect and maintain healthy bone, enabling you to retain the natural shape of your face.

Dr. Silberman always uses a team approach for dental implant surgery. After a comprehensive examination, Dr. Silberman will work with a periodontal or oral surgery specialist to ensure that you have the best experience when receiving your dental implant restoration. Dr. Silberman stays in close contact with the specialists who are working with his patients, and Dr. Silberman remains available through every stage of the treatment process for the placement of your dental implants.

Your friends here at The Silberman Dental Group want you to enjoy a healthy lifestyle, even if you’ve had to part with some of your natural teeth. Dental implants offer many of our patients the ability to enjoy their favorite foods once again, as well as the peace of mind of having a beautiful smile.

If you’d like to learn more about the advantages of implant dentistry, we welcome you to contact The Silberman Dental Group in Waldorf, Maryland, today by calling (301) 885-2505 to set up an appointment. Dr. Paul Silberman brings extensive experience to his team approach for implant surgery in Waldorf, Maryland, located in Charles County.