Replacing a missing tooth is a decision that is good for your oral health as well as your personal comfort. Missing teeth can negatively impact your general health, the way that you eat, speak, and your general appearance. The absence can increase the workload on your other teeth and can cause muscle fatigue in the neck and jaw joints.
With the right tooth replacement solution, you can restore the function of your mouth and jaws while also reducing the chances of bone loss and the deterioration of your facial appearance. Today, the dental implant is the preferred method of tooth replacement, primarily because the implants look like real teeth, feel comfortable and function as well as the natural teeth.
Why Choose Dental Implants?
The similarities between a dental implant and a natural tooth are quite impressive. A natural tooth extends both above and below the gumline, consisting of one or more roots and the biting surface (crown). With the loss of each tooth, you lose both the stability provided by the root and the biting surface of the crown. Essentially, a dental implant is a permanent new titanium tooth root combined with a customized biting surface.
What are the Alternatives?
Of course, there are other options for replacing missing teeth, but none can provide the advantages of the dental implant, and no other solution can replace the missing tooth root.
- A plastic partial denture is an inexpensive removable option that is generally considered to be a temporary solution.
- A cast partial denture is also removable, although it is made of solid metal and is usually anchored by wire claps.
- A dental bridge is group of crowns that cap the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth for support and are linked together to form a continuous chewing surface. In preparation for a bridge, the structure of two or more natural teeth must be permanently altered.
After decades of research and clinical trials, a dental implant can replace single missing teeth or enhance the previously-described traditional treatments. Implant-supported teeth are fully-customizable to create a smile that is attractive, stable, and comfortable for virtually every patient.
What Can Dental Implants Do?
- Replace a missing tooth
- Support a bridge with multiple teeth
- Provide a secure foundation under a removable complete denture
In fact, with a technique known as The “All-on-4®” Procedure, a complete denture can be anchored with just four implants for a strong and secure smile that is fully functional in a single day.
How Can I Learn More?
We are excited about the opportunity to help rebuild your smile! Call 817-552-3223 today for more information about dental implants.
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