In our last blog, we discussed how implant dentistry can be used to secure a complete set of dentures. But we can also address minor tooth loss too! But what makes dental implants such an optimal option for replacing missing teeth? In today’s blog, your Katy, TX, dentist talks about placing dental implants and the benefits they offer.
The Loss of Mass and Density
First, let’s talk about what happens when you lose your teeth. Obviously, you can feel embarrassed about the changes to your appearance, and you could find yourself limited in meal options. In severe cases, speaking clearly could be difficult too. But the most serious complication is the loss of mass and density in the jaw, which happens as the body stops sending calcium and phosphates on the area around the missing roots. Without these nutrients, the bone tissue breaks down and the risk of further tooth loss and an aged appearance increases. But with dental implants, we can prevent this breakdown and help preserve your smile!
The Placement of New Roots
Unlike other prosthetics, these will not be held in place with clasps, suction, adhesives, or crowns. Instead, we surgically insert a biocompatible titanium post directly into the jaw. The body will accept the implant post as a natural root, which stimulates the growth of jawbone tissue and prevents a breakdown in your smile. Not only does this mean your new teeth can last for decades, but this helps you avoid further tooth loss and other complications. Our team can place an individual one for a single missing tooth, or use one to two to support a dental bridge. Our team could also secure a partial or complete set of fixed dentures.
Restoring Your New Teeth
Once we place your posts and the area around them heals, we can move forward with the portion people see when you smile. We will attach an abutment to the posts, which provides structure to attach the restoration. For an individual missing tooth, we could attach a custom crown, one that blends with the smile and provides a dependable chewing surface. If you have a more severe case of tooth loss, we can connect custom-made bridges or dentures, which we take care to ensure offer a lifelike appearance. No matter how minor or severe your tooth loss, we can use dental implants to offer a durable and long-lasting replacement.
If you have any questions about implant dentistry, then contact our team today.
Your Katy, TX, Dentist Offers a Full Smile Again
Our team wants to make sure you can enjoy a full and beautiful smile again. For more information on replacing missing teeth, then call Lathrop Dental Center in Katy, TX at 832-437-3849 to schedule a visit.