dental implants North Richland HillsLosing teeth can be a traumatic experience and have a devastating effect on your self-confidence. This is especially true if your job involves dealing with people face-to-face on a regular basis. You can become self-conscious and uncomfortable, and your quality of life and ability to perform at your job can suffer. The solution is dental implants.

Restoring Your Smile with Dental Implants

Implants can replace your missing teeth with new chewing and biting surfaces that are virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth. They also provide an artificial root that keeps them anchored in place and helps maintain the health of your jawbone. In the long term, implants are the most natural-looking type of replacement teeth, and they also feel and perform just like the teeth you lost.

An implant can be used to replace a single tooth, or a set of implants can replace several missing teeth. If a single tooth is to be replaced, it is not necessary to restructure adjacent teeth to set in the prosthetic tooth, as is needed for traditional crowns and bridges. For multiple teeth, the teeth are stationary in the mouth and do not require the plastic palate of a traditional denture that can make your mouth feel crowded and uncomfortable.

Advantages over Traditional Dentures

Dental implants provide improvement and a variety of advantages over dentures and other tooth replacement options. These include:

•    Natural look and feel
•    New teeth are color matched and shaped to complement remaining teeth
•    Implants do not move or shift
•    Implants do not need to be resized or refitted
•    Implants stimulate growth of the jawbone

Almost anyone is a good candidate for implants, although younger patients might need to wait until growth has completed in the jaw before implants will be effective. Older patients who have worn dentures before might require bone grafting to ensure sufficient support for implants.

If you have lost one or more teeth and would like to find out about the advantages of implants and how they can restore your smile, please call the office of Dr. Chris Tye, serving North Richland Hills and neighboring areas, today to schedule an informative consultation.