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Dental Implant Options For Your Smile

When you have missing teeth, whether that means one or all of them, you need replacement to avoid major complications. Our team can accomplish this with dental implants, which can last for decades to come! In today’s blog, your Katy, TX, dentist talks about individual dental implants or All-On-Four dentures.

The Impact of Tooth Loss

When you’re missing one tooth, or if you’ve lost all of them, this means major problems for your smile, including your oral health. Minor tooth loss could cause teeth to shift from position as a result of the open spaces in the smile. The misalignment that follows could increase the risk of tooth decay and gum disease, and cause further embarrassment with your appearance. As your number of missing teeth increase, this could lead to poor bite balance and an increased risk of TMJ disorder and bruxism (chronic teeth grinding), as well as issues eating and speaking clearly. The body stops sending doses of calcium and phosphates to the areas with missing roots, and without these nutrients, the bone tissue breaks down to cause a prematurely aged appearance.

Individual Tooth Loss

For a single missing tooth, we could gather detailed digital x-rays to choose the best positions to insert an implant post. The small, screw-like device is made from biocompatible titanium, and bonds with the jaw like a natural root. This prevents the loss of mass and density, and allows the tooth to last for decades to come. Once the placement area heals, we will attach abutments that allow us to connect a crown to the post. The crown will be custom-made from materials we can color match to blend with your smile, and the crown will also be able to absorb daily bite forces and pressure with ease.

Bridges and Dentures

For multiple missing teeth, we could use one or two posts to secure a bridge in place, or several to provide a fixed set of partial or full dentures. These won’t need to be removed for soaking or cleaning, and can last far longer than removable alternatives, often a lifetime. With options like All-On-Four, we use only four posts per arch to support a full set of dentures, and we can insert the posts and connect the denture in only one visit, so you leave with a full and beautiful smile.

You don’t have to live with tooth loss or an older appearance. Instead, we can help secure replacement teeth and provide a new smile that can last for many years to come. If you have any questions about implant dentistry, then contact our team today to learn more.

Talk To Your Katy, TX Dentist About Implant Dentistry!

For more information on our lifelike and long-lasting tooth replacement options, contact Lathrop Dental Center in Katy, TX today at 832-437-3849!