Published: 03/16/2017

Tooth loss due to gum disease, poor oral hygiene, or trauma is a fairly common problem among adults and it can make eating and speaking difficult. Fortunately, there are many treatments to restore all the benefits of a healthy smile. Dr. Steven Rice is an experienced periodontist who can recommend the best treatment to replace your missing teeth and improve your overall oral health. There are several options to replace missing teeth, including modern dental implants that lower the risk of bone loss.

Reasons for Bone Loss

Leaving a missing tooth untreated not only affects your self-confidence, it also makes proper mouth alignment while eating and speaking more difficult. Traditional tooth restoration procedures such as bridges and dentures replace the crown section of the missing teeth. These items sit on top of the gums without any replacement for the missing roots of the teeth.

Without stimulation from the tooth roots, the area of the jawbone around the missing teeth receives no stimulation to encourage healthy growth of bone tissue. This lack of stimulation weakens the surrounding area of the jawbone and can eventually lead to further tooth loss and misalignment.

Advantages of Dental Implants

If you are looking at options for tooth restoration such as dentures, Dr. Rice may recommend dental implants as an alternative treatment. Because the implant base is surgically inserted into the jawbone, it mimics the effect of natural tooth roots and stimulates the growth of healthy bone tissue. Natural-looking crowns or bridges are attached directly to the artificial root provided by the implant. This not only creates a secure and hassle-free restoration, it also helps the jawbone maintain strength and proper alignment.

Call for a Consultation

If you have one or more missing teeth and are looking for solutions such as dentures in Rockville, MD, give our office a call. We can schedule a consultation with Dr. Rice so he can evaluate your unique situation and recommend the right treatment, including dental implants that restore your teeth and help keep your jawbone healthy.

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