Dr. France Chevalier is dedicated to helping every patient maintain excellent oral and overall health
. If you enjoy this level of comprehensive dental care and practice good oral hygiene from childhood on, you have an excellent chance of keeping your natural teeth healthy for life. Unfortunately, many of us have periods of lax hygiene habits or infrequent dental visits in our pasts. Additionally, certain illnesses and unexpected injuries can take a toll.
If your oral health is less than great, don’t worry. Dr. Chevalier provides a full range of restorative and curative treatments
, to return your smile to a radiantly beautiful, healthy state. One of the most serious concerns is missing teeth. If you have a gap in your smile, you already know that it is embarrassing, and it can make eating or speaking difficult. You may not be aware of the damage that a missing tooth is doing to your oral health.
- When you bite down, that pressure is meant to be distributed among your teeth. A gap will put undue force on other teeth, increasing the risk of fracture and wear. This can also affect the balance in the TMJ (jaw) joints.
- Pressure on a tooth is transferred to the root, which stimulates cell regeneration in the jawbone. Once a tooth is lost, the bone in that area has no stimulation and it begins deteriorating.
- Your other teeth gradually shift towards the gap. This can create difficulty to clean areas between teeth and loosen gum tissue, which increases your risk of decay or gum disease.
There are several ways to replace missing teeth. During your initial consultation, Dr. Chevalier will explain the advantages and disadvantages of each option
, so you can make an educated decision. Dental implants are an increasingly popular solution. They do not actually replace teeth; they replace roots, which no other restorative option does.
An implant is a very small device, placed in the jawbone where a tooth root would naturally be. They are made of pure titanium or zirconia. Both materials are biocompatible and easily accepted by living bone tissue. Implants offer dual benefits of supporting replacement teeth and preserving the jawbone.
After the implants are placed, the bone will generate new cells and firmly attach to the implant material. This process, known as osseointegration, takes a few months. When it is complete, the final restoration can be placed. Dental implants do not require any more care than your natural teeth, and they can last a lifetime.
If you have gaps in your smile, call (613) 233-1118
and schedule a consultation with Dr. Chevalier to learn more about your options.