When a permanent tooth falls out or is extracted, the space it leaves could cause problems for your smile. Not only does it affect the appearance of the smile, the loss of the tooth root causes the jawbone to lose stimulation and lose its form and density. This causes the bone to reabsorb and shrink, disrupting the structure of your smile and causing further dental problems. A dental implant can replace a missing tooth and tooth root, providing a natural-looking restoration that preserves the jawbone, as well as the strength and appearance of your smile. For more information about dental implant restorations, contact our dental office in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, at 586-296-1140 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Konopka.