Dental Implants Can Improve Your Oral Health after Tooth Loss
Tooth loss can take a serious toll on your quality of life, making it challenging to speak clearly and eat comfortably. In addition, untreated tooth loss can leave you vulnerable to more widespread damage, including changes to your facial structure and jawbone degeneration. At our practice in Billings, MT, we are focused on helping our patients prevent the need for extensive restorative procedures, however, we are prepared to provide comprehensive implant dentistry services to protect your long-term oral health when necessary. Drs. Kenneth Bagby and Erica R. Stokke can place dental implants and restore implants with custom restorations for stunning results that provide natural function and aesthetics.
What Causes Tooth Loss?
Periodontal disease is the number one cause of tooth loss among adults. Patients develop gum disease as a result of poor oral hygiene, unhealthy dietary habits, or lack of routine professional care. In some cases, injury or trauma can cause a tooth to break or fracture and necessitate extraction.
How Can Dental Implants Prevent Further Issues?
Dental implants are a trusted tooth replacement solution. These small titanium posts are inserted into the jawbone and act as artificial tooth roots. They provide unparalleled support to a variety of restorations, including crowns, bridges, and dentures.
Dental implants and restorations can help you maintain the integrity of your smile.
By mimicking the function of natural teeth from root to crown, implant-supported restorations can stimulate the jawbone and prevent further jawbone atrophy. This process can safeguard you from changes to your facial structure, which is common after sustained tooth loss. Dental implants can also prevent issues associated with missing teeth such as:
- Excessive wear
- Joint problems
- Difficulty eating
- Speech complications
After tooth loss, adjacent teeth can also begin to shift to fill in the empty space. This can disrupt your bite and require more extensive and expensive orthodontic treatment. Dental implants and restorations can help you maintain the integrity of your smile. If necessary, we can also perform bone grafting to improve your candidacy for the procedure.
Our Approach to Implant Care
We believe our patients deserve the highest level of care. Our unique approach includes three elements:
- Patient Education
- We believe that patient education is the cornerstone to a healthy smile. It is our goal to help you understand all of your choices to include not doing anything and the risks associated with each, so you can feel empowered to make the best decisions for your oral health. We will always be transparent with patients regarding their condition, the solutions we can provide, and how to protect their health.
- Comprehensive Care
- We want to make our treatments as convenient and efficient as possible. When you trust your care to our team, you can rest assured that we will perform all stage of implant treatment to the highest standard.
- Comfort with Sedation
- We understand that patients experience dental phobia and anxiety, and we do everything we can to put your mind at ease. We offer nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and intravenous (IV) sedation to ensure your comfort during treatment.
Your Health is Our Priority
We truly care about our your health and well-being, and we are dedicated to serving your best interests. Drs. Bagby and Stokke look forward to helping you restore your missing teeth and move towards a healthier future. Contact us online or by phone at (406) 252-1078 to learn more about dental implants and our custom-crafted restorations.