By James L. Pyle, DDS
April 10, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Tooth loss leaves a hole in your smile that can negatively impact your ability to eat, talk, and socialize with others. Patients often look to dental implantsbridges or partial dentures to fill in their smile gaps, but these dental implants come with a few downsides. If you really want to close those gaps the right way, the right choice is dental implants. Dr. James Pyle can consult you about this restorative option at his office in Durham, NC.

Common Causes of Tooth Loss

Tooth loss affects as many as 120 million Americans according to the American College of Prosthodontists. These are some of the most common reasons why people lose their teeth:

  • Injury (usually from sports games—common in schoolchildren).
  • Dental neglect (not seeing their dentist regularly and not keeping up with oral hygiene habits).
  • Gum disease (periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss and is often hereditary).

Options for Closing the Gaps

The most common ways to close tooth gaps are to use either a partial denture or a dental bridge. However, these devices aren’t always reliable and aren’t good for your smile. Partial dentures can move or slip out when you’re eating. Bridges can put stress on the other teeth in the mouth. They don’t preserve the bone tissue beneath your gumline. Neither are permanent gap-closing solutions, which is why so many patients want to learn more about dental implants.

Dental Implant Benefits

It takes a short consultation appointment with your Durham, NC, dentist to see if dental implants are an option. Here are a few reasons why this treatment is preferable to other gap-closing cosmetic treatments:

  • Your other teeth will feel stronger and more supported with a dental implant in place.
  • Implants help keep your bone tissue strong.
  • Your newly rooted "tooth" is cavity-resistant because it’s covered by a durable porcelain crown.
  • The crowns usually last 10 or more years before they may require replacement.

Complete Your Smile with Implants

The preferred way to close your smile gap is to have a dental implant installed. It’s a long-term solution to a problem that plagues many patients. Call (919) 286-9667 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. James Pyle at his Durham, NC, dentist office.