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By Merker McAllister Dental Office
May 25, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Gum disease and tooth loss are still a problem for an alarming number of American adults. According to the American College of dental implantsProsthodontists, despite the fact that periodontal disease is generally less prevalent than in previous generations, millions of Americans (over 40%, or 170+ million adults) are missing at least one tooth. Tooth loss can eventually lead to a number of health and quality of life problems. The dentists at Merker McAllister Dental in Zanesville, OH, recommend dental implants for qualified adult patients suffering from various degrees of tooth loss.

Dental Implants in Zanesville, OH

Implants are a revolutionary restorative dental treatment designed to function like a natural tooth by replacing the root as well as the crown. When a tooth falls out, the surrounding bone tissue in the gums begins to erode, increasing the risk of a number of problems like inflammation, infection, and shrinking gums. There are also a number of secondary side effects of tooth loss, like difficulty, eating and speaking clearly. Implants are a permanent solution to tooth loss and the closest restoration to a natural tooth. An implant can replace a single tooth, or anchor a set of dentures in place with just a few implants.

The implant portion of the restoration is made up of a small biocompatible titanium screw, which is surgically placed in the gums. Once in place, the implant fuses with the surrounding bone tissue and spurs the growth of healthy new bone. After the implant has healed, the dentist attaches a cosmetic crown to complete the restoration. If you are a healthy adult with enough bone density to support an implant, you may be eligible for the procedure. Implants require rigorous oral health and regular follow-up dental care but are otherwise cared for just like your natural teeth.

Find a Family Dentist in Zanesville, OH

Living with tooth loss can have a serious impact on your oral and general health, and overall quality of life. For more information about dental implants and to find out if you are a candidate, contact us by calling (740) 453-0731 to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists today.

By Merker McAllister Dental Office
November 15, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Losing a tooth is more than just a cosmetic issue. Although the loss may seem minor, a missing tooth can have a significant impact on dental implantsyour oral health. Dr. Daniel Merker, Dr. Holly McAllister and Dr. Brian Merker, your Zanesville, OH dentists at Merker McAllister Dental Office, explain how dental implants can help you keep your smile strong and healthy.

Your tooth roots have an important job

Your roots don't just anchor your teeth in your jaw, they also play a role in keeping your jawbone strong. Your roots stimulate the bone by exerting constant pressure on it. When you lose a tooth, whether it's knocked out or extracted, your jawbone suffers. Since the underlying jawbone is no longer stimulated, it begins to weaken and even begins to shrink. Your jawbone helps support your muscles. Without adequate support, the lower half of your face may eventually begin to sag. Jawbone loss can also cause other teeth to loosen and lead to additional tooth loss.

When you choose dental implants as a tooth replacement option, you don't have to worry about any of these unpleasant consequences. Since your implant replaces your roots, it provides the stimulation your jawbone needs.

Eating is easier, according to your Zanesville, OH dentists

When there's a gap in your smile, eating can become difficult. It's harder to tear into a crusty piece of bread or even chew it when you have a tooth missing. If you don't chew your food thoroughly, you can experience an upset stomach. Unfortunately, you may never realize the reason for your sudden gastrointestinal problems.

Your tooth decay risk may rise after you lose a tooth

One lost tooth can throw off the alignment of your entire smile. Since that tooth is no longer available to help support surrounding teeth, they'll begin to lean toward the gap, creating overlapping areas that are hard to clean. Misaligned teeth can also affect your bite and cause tooth erosion, jaw pain and headaches.

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