Have you lost teeth? Losing one or more teeth may seem tragic, but it actually puts you in the majority, surprisingly. Approximately 69 percent of Americans between ages 35-44 have lost at least one permanent tooth to decay. Since losing one tooth can lead to losing another, the best way to deal with a missing tooth is to have it replaced with a dental implant.
Are you looking for Euless dental implants? Dr. Christopher Tye is an oral surgeon and dentist who specializes in placing dental implants. Call Texas Oral Surgery Specialists to meet with Dr. Tye about replacing your lost tooth with a permanent tooth implant.
Who is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
Most people in generally good health can get dental implants. Since implants require a surgical procedure, you must be well enough for surgery to get them. Your body must also be capable of healing and generating new bone tissue to stabilize the implant(s) in the months after surgery. Most people meet this qualification, but there are some oral health and systemic medical conditions that can complicate the implant process.
For example, patients who have gone without teeth for many years experience bone loss in the jaw. Such bone loss may mean there is less jawbone to support an implant. In cases like this, a bone grafting procedure can help build up bone mass to ensure the implant has a solid foundation. Systemic illnesses and autoimmune diseases can affect your body’s ability to heal and grow new tissues, but there are usually ways to support your body to make implants possible.
If you are interested in Euless dental implants, contact us for an appointment with Dr. Tye to discuss your candidacy for implants. We will go over your medical and oral health history and explain how any potential issues may be addressed.
Why Are Euless Dental Implants the Best Option?
If you’ve seen a dentist about your tooth loss, you’ve probably been told that there are other ways to replace a tooth, but implants are the best choice. The other forms of tooth replacement are a bridge (for a one-three consecutive teeth), partial dentures, or dentures. These types of prosthetic teeth are indeed adequate ways to preserve your oral health and get some “teeth” back—but they are not as beneficial as dental implants. There are three reasons for this.
Preserving Oral Health
For starters, traditional tooth replacements do nothing to prevent bone loss in the jaw. Have you ever seen a long-time denture wearer who looks as though his or her chin has shrunk? This is because losing teeth means losing bone. When teeth are no longer embedded in the jaw, your body stops sending the nutrients that are vital for preserving healthy bone tissue. Over the years, the jawbone mass is reabsorbed by the body and the minerals are used elsewhere. Dental implants mimic tooth roots so adequately that they trick the body into thinking you still have your teeth, and it continues to support a full, healthy jawbone.
Beyond the issue of bone mass, dental implants are more comfortable and lifelike than bridges or dentures. You may not notice the difference as much with a single-tooth bridge, but with dentures the difference is life-changing. Non-implant dentures simply do not function like natural teeth. They put painful pressure on the gum tissue, slide out of place, and cannot handle the same range of foods that natural teeth can. Because implants replace the roots of the teeth, implant prosthetics act and feel more like your natural teeth.
A Permanent Solution to Tooth Loss
The third reason why implants are better is because they are more permanent. Once they have fused with the jawbone they are a permanent part of your body and will not need to be replaced. As long as you take good care of them, they should last a lifetime!
Call Texas Oral Surgery Specialists to learn more about Euless dental implants. Dr. Tye is based in Colleyville and is therefore convenient to patients in Keller, Grapevine, Roanoke, and Euless, TX. Call us today at 817-552-3223 to set up an appointment.