Unlike traditional prosthetics, which often need replacement every few years, dental implants offer patients tooth replacement that can last decades, maybe even a lifetime with proper care and attention. But what makes this possible? Our dental office in Dallas, TX, explains how dental implants can last so long and offer optimal tooth replacement.
The Impact of Tooth Loss
We want to begin by talking about the dangers associated with untreated tooth loss. When we lose teeth, these gaps could make you feel embarrassed and uncomfortable in social situations. But they also limit your meal options and could make clear speech difficult. The risk of TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding) can also increase due to the imbalance in your bite and the stress on your jaw joints. However, the loss of mass and density in your jaw is the most severe complication. The body will no longer send doses of calcium and phosphates to the jaw once it registers a missing root. Which means deprived of these nutrients, the bone tissue breaks down. The results are an increased risk of further tooth loss and for some, a prematurely aged appearance! But placing dental implants can often prevent these serious complications.
Placing Your New Teeth
What makes them different is the implant portion. A post made from biocompatible titanium is inserted into the jawbone, at an angle and position that makes it possible to support a new tooth or teeth. The post and the jawbone bond through a process known as osseointegration. This secures the implants like natural roots. You never have to worry about new teeth slipping, no need to remove them for cleaning and soaking, and they can last far longer than other dental prosthetics, decades or possibly even a lifetime.
Restoring Your New Tooth
Once the placement area heals, our team will connect an abutment to the post that extends above the gum line. For an individual missing tooth, we will attach a custom-made crown to the post, one designed to look natural and provide a dependable chewing surface. If you have multiple missing teeth, then multiple posts and abutments can be used to secure a dental bridge or even a full or partial set of dentures. Regardless of the severity of your tooth loss, we can secure a fixed prosthetic to return function, health, and beauty to your smile.
If you have any additional questions about the implant placement process, then contact our team today to learn more.
Learn More About Tooth Replacement With Our Team In Dallas, TX
Our team wants to help you enjoy a full smile and preserve your jawbone density at the same time. For more information or to schedule your appointment with our team, call our Dallas, TX, dental office at (214)343-1818!