Permanent Restorations with Dental Implants at Our Colleyville, TX Practice
Replacing a missing tooth can improve oral health, as well as your personal comfort. Missing teeth can negatively impact your general health, the way that you eat, speak, and your overall appearance. Their absence can increase the workload on your other teeth, raising your risk for erosion and fractures. Further, the resulting imbalance 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. At Texas Oral Surgery Specialists in Colleyville, TX, dental implants are the preferred method of tooth replacement. Dr. Christopher L. Tye, D.D.S., M.D., recommends implants because they will provide a solid base for restorations that look realistic, feel comfortable, and function as well as your biological 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. A dental implant is a permanent new replacement for the tooth root. After Dr. Tye performs implant surgery, your general dentist will set a customized and fully functional crown on top of the post.
What Are the Alternatives?
Of course, there are other options for replacing missing teeth. However, no other solution can replace the missing tooth root, and none can provide the advantages of a dental implant.
- 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 clasps.
- 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, scientists developed dental implants to support single crowns, as well as bridges and dentures. Implant-supported restorations 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
With a technique known as The “All-on-4®” Procedure, a complete denture can be anchored with just four implants. If you qualify for this treatment, you could enjoy a strong and secure smile that is fully functional in a single day.
In addition to anchoring dental restorations, implants will also play an important role in protecting and maintaining your oral health. Just like the roots that they replace, the titanium posts will stimulate bone growth. Every time your teeth or restoration come together, the posts will send a tiny shockwave to the nearby parts of your bone, promoting tissue regeneration. Thus, implants will protect the natural shape of your face and help to combat further tooth loss.
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 this advanced treatment.
For additional procedure information check out the TXOSS Blog: Dental Implants