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Dental Implants And Your Oral Health

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Our Mountain View, CA area patients know that dental implants can prevent tooth decay and gum disease.Here at Smile By Design, it would shock our many patients currently undergoing teeth restoration treatments to know just how many people choose to go without restoring their missing teeth. There seems to be a mistaken belief among these people that if a missing tooth is not causing any pain or can’t even be seen, then there is no reason to replace it. What these people don’t realize is that the empty spots left behind by missing teeth can have disastrous effects on your oral health. Today, Dr. Donian Shen is blogging from Mountain View, CA to talk about some of the potential problems that can arise from these empty spots.

Defend Your Oral Well-being With Dental Implants

When you lose a tooth, all that is left behind is the empty space where that tooth used to reside. We call these empty spaces food traps because of the way food and debris can easily get stuck in these spots. This can be dangerous, as food traps can attract bacteria which can lead to an infection. When this happens, it is called gum disease, and some symptoms of it include chronic bad breath, red or swollen gums, chewing pain, and gum recession. If gum disease is not treated quickly, it can spread around your mouth, compromising your other teeth to the point where they will need to be removed.

Another potential issue that can come from the empty spaces left behind by a missing tooth is teeth drifting. What many people don’t realize is that all of your teeth work together to keep each other held firmly in place. When you lose a tooth, the teeth that formerly bordered the missing tooth can begin to lean or move into these empty spaces. When this happens, these teeth rarely move into positions where they are easy keep clear of plaque. If this plaque is allowed to remain on your teeth for too long, it can create acids that will eat away at your teeth. This is called tooth decay, and some symptoms of it include chronic bad breath, off color spots on your teeth, and toothaches.

Luckily, we are able to fill these empty spots with dental implants before you have to deal with any of these potential problems. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made from titanium that are fused to your jawbone. With dental implants, we are able to restore your missing teeth with replacements that work and feel just like your natural teeth.

Call and Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Donian Shen

We understand that the costs associated with dental implants can prevent people from pursuing teeth restoration treatments. It is for this reason that we are happy to provide a large variety of different treatment plans and financing options that can help fit dental implants into any budget. If you would like to learn more about dental implants or our financing options, we encourage you to contact us and schedule a no-obligation consultation with Dr. Donian Shen today. We look forward to helping you prevent gum disease and tooth decay soon!