Dental implants are an excellent way to replace a missing tooth (or more specifically a missing tooth root). An implant is a small titanium post that anchors a crown or a denture (called an overdenture if implants are involved). The process involves placing the implant into the jaw bone (either upper or lower), waiting several months for the bone to grow to the implant, then taking a mold of the implant to make a crown (that connects to the implant) or a bar (that connects to a denture to support the denture).
It is important to replace missing teeth for many reasons:
- Teeth adjacent to the missing tooth will tip (rotate) into the missing space. Given enough time (many years) the teeth adjacent to the missing space could rotate completely sideways (falling into the space where the missing tooth is).
- The teeth opposing the missing tooth will grow toward the missing tooth space (a process called super eruption).
- The combination of rotation and super eruption could lead to a collapse of the bite.
- The collapse of the bite could lead to sagging of mouth and an older appearance as well as jaw joint problems (TMD, TMJ).
- Missing teeth decreases your ability to chew and can affect speaking.
- Missing teeth can negatively affect your smile.
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Best dentist experience ever! I have to admit going to the dentist is not my favorite thing, but Dr. Florencio and her team were great. For the first time I could understand what was going on in my teeth. I can't tell much from those x-rays, but they took some digital images which showed the tooth decay, and had very clear explanations of the procedure, and what to expect. And that laughing gas made it all a walk in the park. Thanks!
I moved to the area last spring, so this was my first visit to Tulip Dental. I went in to get my regular cleaning, They were quick but did a thorough job and are not rushing to get me out the door and onto the next patient. Somehow, my teeth seemed smoother than I remember from previous cleaning. They answered all my questions about the crown my previous dentist had recommended, and made me understand much better what to expect from my teeth in the next several years. Great experience!
The dentist I had since I was a kid retired and I was nervous about selecting a new one. A friend mentioned Tulip Dental, and I felt compelled to try it, as the location was so much more convenient than the old place. My experience couldn't have been better. I didn't had much work needed, Dr. Florencio was great in explaining what to watch for, and what to expect. Thank you so much for your wonderful care. Keep up the great work!
I brought in my 3yo son to Dr. Florencio for his first dental visit. The staff was so friendly, patient, and accommodating!! I guess I may have transmitted some of anxiety to Kevin, because he seemed very quiet as we were driving to the clinic. As we got there, he went right or the kids while I filled the paperwork. Roberta (the assistant) has quite a ways with kids. (I later learned she was a pediatric dentist in Brazil). I'm not sure Kevin liked best Roberta, the cool alligator, or the medal he got in the end, but he was talking about it for days!
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