If you have one or more missing teeth, you are probably self-conscious about it. A smile is one of the first things people notice. At William J. Stewart Jr. DDS in San Antonio we restore smiles with dental implants.
The Teeth Surrounding The Missing Tooth
When a gap is left by a missing tooth, the surrounding teeth tend to shift. This can cause the other teeth to become crooked, and new gaps may appear. Teeth that are displaced are more vulnerable to gum disease, tooth decay, and TMJ pain.
Difficulty Biting and Chewing
Missing teeth also affect the way you bite a chew. Teeth should work together as a unit. Properly aligned teeth come together harmoniously when you bite and chew. When a tooth is missing more stress is placed on the others.
Missing teeth, especially front teeth, can affect the way you speak. It may become hard to pronounce certain words. You may even develop a lisp. These speech problems may cause you to abstain from social situations.
What is the best solution for missing teeth?
A dental implant is a permanent anchor (post) that is inserted into the jawbone at the site of a missing tooth. In the months after implantation, it fuses with the jawbone. One or more implants can provide a sturdy base for a crown, bridge, or dental arch.
A dental implant from William J. Stewart Jr. DDS in San Antonio can restore your smile and improve your life. We’ve placed them in people throughout Shavano Park, Leon Springs, and Beorne. We also offer complete family dentistry services. Call to schedule an appointment with us today!