While bridges last around ten years, and removable dentures offer up to five to ten years of tooth replacement, dental implants could potentially last a lifetime, or at least decades, with proper care and attention. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist discusses the benefits of implant dentistry and how we secure these stable and durable replacement teeth.
The Causes of Your Tooth Loss
We could lose our teeth to advanced tooth decay or a serious infection. Injury is also a possible factor as well. But the most common cause is the advanced stage of gum disease, known as periodontitis. When you have gaps in your smile, this could lead to misalignment, cavities and infection, periodontal issues, and even TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding). But the most damaging complication is the loss of mass and density in the jawbone, which happens when the body suspends the flow of calcium and phosphorus to the bone. The jaw gradually breaks down, leading to further tooth loss and an older appearance. Fortunately, placing dental implants can preserve the smile!
Securing New Implants
Using advanced imaging technology, we will plan and guide the placement of dental implant posts into the jawbone. These act as new roots and the body accepts them as such. This stimulates the growth of bone structure to prevent the breakdown behind further tooth loss. As a result, they have the potential to last decades to come and for some, could even last a lifetime! Once in place, we will attach abutments to them that extend above the gum line. Now is the time to provide the visible part of your new tooth!
The Crown and Prosthetic Portions
For an individual dental implant, we will connect a dental crown to the abutment. This offers a lifelike visible portion that blends with the smile and provides a durable chewing surface. If you have multiple missing teeth, then we could use several posts to support a ridge, or even a fixed set of dentures that last much longer than removable options, and also never slip when you eat or speak. Even if you have advanced or complicated cases of tooth loss, we can help with advanced tooth replacement.
If you have any questions or concerns about replacing missing teeth with dental implants, then contact our team today. We would love to help you smile with confidence again!
Do You Have Missing Teeth?
Our team wants your new teeth to last for years to come, possibly a lifetime. If you have any questions about implant dentistry, or if you would like to schedule a consultation today, please contact Cleveland Family Dentistry in Cleveland, TX, at (281) 592-1234. You can also find our practice at 205 E. Houston St. Cleveland, TX 77327.