While it may not be fun to think about the different ways in which tooth loss has affected your life, considering the effects of this problem can make the value of prosthetic dental work easier to recognize. Patients who leave tooth loss unaddressed can have problems with their bite, and may weaken remaining teeth trying to work around one gap, or several, in their smile. Speaking of your smile, you may find yourself reluctant to share yours in photos, or in social gatherings, because you are sensitive about your tooth loss. Fortunately, our Katy, TX dental practice can help you regain your confidence, while also restoring better dental function, by providing implant-held restorations.
Ignoring Tooth Loss Can Create Serious Long-Term Issues
A person who continues to go without a replacement for a missing tooth, or multiple missing teeth, can face frustrating complications. Unfortunately, the impact of tooth loss can actually worsen over time and create new concerns. In the short term, you can resent how tooth loss has affected your smile, and made biting and chewing more difficult. Over time, you can experience increasing pain from worsening TMJ dysfunction brought on by a compromised bite. You can also experience more tooth loss. This is because remaining teeth have more difficult jobs, and because a tooth with a missing neighbor lacks support.
Using A Dental Implant To Replace A Missing Tooth
It can be helpful to picture a dental implant as a sort of artificial root for your artificial tooth. Without the implant, a prosthetic restoration can replace the missing crown of your tooth, while doing nothing to address the loss of the root. Having an implant gives your replacement tooth more support, and provides more support for your neighboring teeth. You also enjoy better jawbone health, as the implant can stimulate the bone, and signal for the delivery of nutrients that keep it healthy.
Arranging A Full Arch Restoration With All-On-4 Dental Implants
The right sequence of dental implants can actually hold a full denture in place, and let you successfully restore an entire dental arch! Your dentist will carefully plan the placement of a set of All-On-4 implants, which will hold a custom-made denture in place. With this arrangement, you will not have to worry about a loose or “slippery” denture, and you can rely on your prosthetic for better biting and chewing support!
Talk To Lathrop Dental Center About Receiving An Implant-Held Restoration
An implant-held restoration from Lathrop Dental Center can help you bring back your full smile, which can restore your confidence as well as your bite. Our practice can help you address an isolated issue with tooth loss, but we are also ready to help individuals who have lost several, most, or all of their teeth! To find out more about us, or to make your appointment, you can reach our office in Katy, TX, by calling 832-437-3849.