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Are Dental Implants An Option For You?

When you have lost a tooth, or even if you have lost several, you need a dental prosthetic to address the gaps in your smile and avoid the impact of missing teeth. With dental implants, we have an option that can last for decades and prevent your jaw from losing key structure following tooth loss. In today’s blog, your Katy, TX, dentist looks at dental implant qualifications, and whether this is an option for you!

The Impact of Your Missing Teeth

Losing even one tooth could mean major problems for your oral health and quality of life. The gap in your smile could cause misalignment to develop as teeth drift from position. Your malocclusion alone could lead to issues with the appearance of your smile, and increase the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. The changes to your bite balance could strain your jaw joints, so painful disorders like TMD and bruxism (teeth grinding) occur. But even more severe, the body will suspend the flow of calcium and phosphates to the jaw around the lost root. Without these, the bone tissue loses mass and density and breaks down, causing further tooth loss and in severe cases, an aged appearance. You need dental implants to avoid these major issues!

Assessing Your Candidacy

First, we will need to make sure these are right for your smile. We will conduct a detailed examination with advanced imaging technology. We’re looking for underlying oral health issues like periodontitis, which need to be managed before we place new teeth, otherwise they could fail. We also want to make sure you have enough jawbone tissue to support a new root. If you’ve lost too much density in the jaw due to tooth loss, we may need grafting or sinus lifts to rebuild the structure and provide enough to support new roots. If you’re ready for them, we will use the detailed images we’ve taken to plan the dental implant placement process in detail.

Placement and Restoration

Our team will numb the placement area and then offer sedation so you’re comfortable and relaxed as we gently insert the implant post into the jawbone. The body accepts this as a new root, so osseointegration occurs. The post bonds with the jaw and can last for decades to come. We then attach the abutment and restoration to complete your new tooth, so you have a lifelike replacement option that functions like a natural tooth. If you have any questions about your dental implant candidacy, then contact our team today to learn more.

Your Katy, TX, Dentist Provides New Teeth

Our team wants to help replace your lost teeth with a lifelike and durable option. Call Lathrop Dental Center in Katy, TX at 832-437-3849 for more information or to schedule your appointment.