At North Tampa Periodontics & Implants Dentistry, our goal is to help every patient feel good about the way they look. We know that the smile is one of the first things others see when they meet you and we want you to confidently show yours off. More than that, we want you to enjoy the overall health benefits that come from having healthy, strong teeth.
Have Missing Teeth? You’re Not Alone
Almost 20 million people in the United States are missing all their teeth, while 178 million are missing at least one. When you think of missing teeth, you likely think of the aesthetic problems that come from it, but the reality is there are more serious problems that develop if the tooth isn’t replaced.
Each tooth works to hold the surrounding teeth in place. Once that tooth is gone, the other teeth have room to move and can shift over time. This can lead to crooked teeth and bone loss in the jaw. Because there is no longer a root in the jaw to stimulate growth, the bone may die over time.
It’s also hard to properly clean your teeth when one is missing. As the teeth shift, they create hard to reach places that are often skipped over during your daily flossing and brushing.
A Long Term Fix
Whether you are missing one tooth or the entire mouth, we have a solution for you in the form of dental implants. Not only do they look exactly like your natural teeth, but they also function just like them. The implant is even placed in the jaw to ensure that the bone continues to grow.
If dental implants are placed by a qualified periodontist and cared for properly by the patient, they are likely to last for decades with little to no maintenance or replacement. Caring for them is easy with simple brushing and flossing and regular check-ups.