There are many reasons people have teeth missing and gaps between their teeth. It can happen from an injury, decay or the shifting of teeth in the jaw. Empty spaces will not stay empty for long. Your teeth will begin to shift position and may tilt or become crooked. This can lead to many problems, starting with the alignment of your upper and lower jaws. When these problems happen, our Nashville, TN, restorative dentistry office can help.

What Are Restorative Implants?

Restorative implants are artificial teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. These dental implants consist of an artificial root implanted into your jawbone. In decades past, doctors made this artificial root out of titanium, which is a biocompatible metal. Today, we also make roots from ceramic and other non-metals that are also biocompatible.

Once we implant the artificial root, the bone starts to grow around it and hold it firmly in place as it does a natural tooth. We then affix an artificial tooth or crown to the root and the gum grows around it.

Restorative dental implants look exactly like natural teeth. In fact, you can floss and brush as you always have. Flossing and brushing will stimulate the regrowth of bone. You can also eat anything you want.

Problems Nashville, TN, Restorative Implants Address

You may wonder how missing teeth can impact your health. Here are some of the ways that gaps in your teeth can cause problems:

Your jawbone starts to deteriorate

Bones need exercise for strength, including the jawbone. It gets exercise when you chew. But, if there is a gap between the teeth, that part of the jawbone does not get exercise and begins to deteriorate. The gums will recede and not hold the teeth on either side of the gap in place. They will start to tilt and loosen and may fall out. Missing teeth make your cheeks sink, shifting the position of your jaw. Restorative implants are the best way to maintain the health of your jawbone.

Lopsided chewing

If you are missing a molar, your chewing is only on one side of your mouth. This can cause your bite to shift and may result in headaches from TMJ disorder. The temporomandibular (TMJ) joints are what make it easy for you to chew and open and close your mouth. When these joints do not work, it can be very painful.

Your appearance alters

As you lose bone mass, you will not only have problems eating and talking, your appearance will also change. Without teeth, your facial structure will change, and your cheeks will start to sag and sink inwards. This facial structure change can make you look older than you are.

Our Nashville, TN, Restorative Dentistry Services

If your teeth are not in good shape, it is not only a cosmetic issue. Your health is at stake, and teeth restoration is essential. At Nashville Implant Center, we offer several types of implants, and we also offer crowns, veneers and bridges. If you avoid dental work because you can not bear the thought of a dentist’s office, we can help. Sedation dentistry options offers many benefits, one of which being you will not feel a thing. With sedation, we can work longer and get more done, so you do not have to come back as often.

Bad oral health may have a bigger impact on your well-being than you thought. Do not wait to get work done on your teeth. Contact Nashville Dental Implant Center at 615.436.5987 today. We can help you achieve the beautiful, healthy smile you have always wanted.