A Lost Tooth Doesn't Have to Mean a Gapped Smile
By Atlantic Dentistry
September 14, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Aside from when you are a child, there is seldom a situation more traumatic than losing a tooth. Luckily, a lost tooth doesn’t have to dental implantsmean a permanent gap in your smile. With dental implants, you can replace your missing tooth and its root, permanently completing your smile with a lifelike and effective replacement option. Learn more about dental implants with your dentist at Atlantic Dentistry in the Outer Banks, NC area.

What should I do if I lose a tooth? 
If you experience a lost tooth due to trauma or injury, you should do your best to find and save the tooth. Holding it by its crown, or top, try to gently insert the tooth back into its socket. If this requires force or causes pain, you should stop immediately and store the tooth in a small container of milk. Schedule a dental appointment as soon as possible and bring your tooth with you. Unfortunately, your dentist cannot save every lost tooth, resulting in gaps. Teeth lost to decay and extractions also cause gaps. Luckily, dental implants can fill in your gaps and help you get your smile back.

How can dental implants benefit me? 
Dental implants do what no other tooth replacement option available does: replace both the tooth and its root. This important factor prevents bone atrophy, which in turn prevents sagging facial features and other aesthetic and dental issues connected to bone atrophy. Additionally, dental implants look, feel and function just like natural teeth, blending right into your natural smile. During the healing process, dental implants grow into the bone itself, making the procedure permanent and made to last a lifetime. Implants restore the biting surface of the teeth, making chewing, eating and speaking easier and more effective.

Dental Implants in the Outer Banks Area
Dental implants are a versatile tooth replacement option. In addition to replacing a single missing tooth, implants can also replace multiple teeth and even hold a permanent or removable full denture in place. Depending on your situation, dental implants can help you look and feel great. Dentists recommend implants for patients who are in good general and dental health with a strong at-home oral care routine. Additionally, a good candidate for dental implants should have enough bone left under their missing tooth to fully support the implant.

For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Markus Heyder, Dr. John Farneth and Dr. Gunther Heyder at Atlantic Dentistry. With locations in Kitty Hawk and Manteo, NC, scheduling your appointment is easy. Call (252) 261-7700 to schedule your consultation for dental implants today!

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