Missing teeth detract from any smile, and can affect the ability to speak and eat. But there are other complications too. All of them can be addressed with dental implants from Marcos Ortega DDS in San Diego CA .
One of the more serious issues is the impact missing teeth can have on your bite. “Bite” refers to the way your upper and lower teeth fit together when you close your jaw.
An ideal bite is when the upper front teeth fit just slightly over the lower ones, and the grooves in the upper and lower molars loosely interlock. When there are missing teeth, the remaining, neighboring teeth tend to shift in their position, impacting your bite.
Dental Implants and Your Bite
Dental implants are titanium posts embedded in the jaw, where they fuse with the bone. Once that happens they are solid supports for artificial teeth. These artificial teeth are carefully designed to mimic natural teeth, including the way they fit with the upper or lower tooth they come in contact with.
Other tooth replacement options, like bridges and dentures, can move around in the mouth. This affects your bite, and can also make it hard to speak and eat.
At Marcos Ortega DDS in San Diego CA we offer implant-supported dentures, as well as single tooth implants. We’ve placed them in people from Hillcrest, Mission Hills, and Bankers Hill, who also come to our office for complete restorative dentistry. Contact us today!
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