We’ve talked a lot about addressing tooth loss, including the benefits of bridges and removable dentures. But in today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist would like to focus on a different approach. With dental implants, we have a longer-lasting solution to minor or advanced tooth loss, enabling you to enjoy a full smile once again!
The Difference Implants Provide
Bridges tend to rely on crowns to stay in place, while dentures are removable and require clasps, suction, or adhesives. While effective, this means that when the jaw ridge changes shape, they must be replaced, suddenly every 5 to 10 years. Dental implants take a very different approach. Through oral surgery, a biocompatible titanium post is inserted into the jaw, designed to act as a new root. The body sees it as such, and resumes the flow of calcium and phosphorus the jawbone that stopped once you lost a tooth. This prevents changes to the jaw ridge, so your new teeth can last decades to come, and you avoid complications like further tooth loss or an older appearance.
Ensuring a Lifelike Appearance
The post acts like a root, but what about the part people see when you smile? For this portion, we attach an abutment to the post. The abutment secures a custom-made dental crown. The crown then acts as the visible portion, designed to look natural and blend with your smile, while also preserving your bite balance and providing a durable and dependable chewing surface. We want you to feel proud to smile, and to enjoy your favorite foods once again.
What If I Have Several Lost Teeth?
While a post and crown are a great option for a single lost tooth, what if you have lost several, or even most of them? Our team could still help you enjoy a complete smile again using implant technology. We will insert multiple posts into your arch or arches, and then attach abutments that connect to a bridge, partial, or even a complete denture. You again preserve your jawbone tissue and facial structure, and enjoy a prosthetic that lasts much longer than traditional dentures or bridges. In addition, the prosthetic is fixed in place, you never need to remove it for cleaning or soaking, and they will never slip when you eat or speak either. If you have any questions about tackling you tooth loss with lifelike and long-lasting dental implants, then contact our team today to learn more.
Do You Have Questions About Implant Dentistry?
Replacing missing teeth helps return function and beauty to your smile once again, which is why the team at Cleveland Family Dentistry in Cleveland, TX offers implant-secured options for our patients. Contact our office at (281) 592-1234 to schedule your appointment today.