If you have lost a tooth, or suffered from the loss of most of your teeth, then your oral health and smile beauty can suffer. To not only fill the gaps but also protect your facial structure, you may benefit from dental implants. In today’s blog, your Katy, TX, dentist discusses the benefits of addressing tooth loss with implant dentistry.
The Problems Tooth Loss Causes
When you have gaps in your smile due to tooth loss, this could mean major issues with the health and stability of your smile. You could find yourself limited in the kinds of foods you can enjoy, forced to rely mainly on soft food items. Speaking clearly is often difficult, and misalignment could occur as the teeth drift due to these gaps in your smile. Poor bite imbalance means the onset of painful disorders like TMD and bruxism (teeth grinding). But even worse, your body will stop sending doses of calcium and phosphates to the jaw. Without these nutrients, your jawbone breaks down. You then suffer further tooth loss and a prematurely aged appearance! But with dental implants, we can prevent these complications from occurring.
Dental Implant Placement
Our team will first assess the factors behind your missing teeth and the strength of your jaw, ensuring you can support dental implants. If so, we will employ digital technology to guide the implant posts, made from biocompatible titanium, into the jawbone. We choose the angles and positions to ensure the posts stay in place and support a restoration or prosthetic with ease. Once osseointegration occurs, bonding with the jaw and post, we will attach an abutment that extends above the gum line. We then connect the custom restoration to it, so you have a lifelike tooth. But we can also address more severe cases of tooth loss!
If you have suffered from major tooth loss, then you may need a set of dentures. With All-On-Four, we will support a complete set of dentures with just four posts per arch. These posts are designed to rely on weakened jawbone structure, so you won’t need grafting or sinus lifts beforehand. We also insert these posts and attach the finished and lifelike prosthetic in the same visit. If you have any questions about how we treat tooth loss with a complete set of dentures, then contact our team today to learn more. A full smile is possible again!
Your Katy, TX, Dentist Offers Secure Tooth Replacement
Whether you have lost one tooth or all of them, we can help secure a complete smile again. For more information on the best options for addressing the gaps in your smile, call Lathrop Dental Center in Katy, TX at 832-437-3849 to schedule a visit.