If you have one more missing teeth, dental implants can be one of the best investments you can make in your mouth. It is not just about aesthetics. Your teeth support each other and when one is missing you can start to develop spaces between them where food can get caught as your teeth drift into the empty spaces. These spaces allow food debris to become trapped and extra plaque and bacteria to accumulate on your teeth. This buildup can eventually lead to further tooth loss or contribute to other overall health issues. These issues include diabetes, heart disease, complications with pregnancy and delivery, even pneumonia as certain bacteria in your mouth are pulled into your lungs. Dr. Walker partners with excellent oral surgeons here in Milwaukie to complete the process. After the surgeon places the implant and your healing is completed, Dr. Walker is able to restore the implant with a crown for a permanent solution for your missing tooth. If you have any questions about the benefits of dental implants give us a call today at 503-659-2522 to learn more.