Dental implants do far more than just fill the gaps in your smile. In fact, we can use them to actually preserve your jaw and keep your youthful features intact. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist talks about how these can offer a lifelike appearance and help keep smiles strong and healthy.
The Impact of Tooth Loss on Your Jaw
What happens to our smile when we lose teeth? Of course, this limits how we eat and could make clear speech problematic, not to mention the impact on your appearance. But your body will also suspend or divert the flow of calcium and phosphates away from the areas with the missing roots. The jawbone then loses mass and density over time, breaking down to cause further tooth loss and for some, a prematurely aged appearance. Dental implants are so different because they can actually address this to keep your smile and facial structure intact!
Inserting Dental Implants
First, we will carefully examine your smile to treat any underlying oral health issues that could threaten your new tooth. We then use digital imaging systems to plan and guide the implant post to the jaw. Made from biocompatible titanium, which will bond with the jaw through a process known as osseointegration. The flow of calcium and phosphates resume, and the jawbone doesn’t break down further. Not only will your dental implant have the potential to last decades or a lifetime, but they help keep your youthful features intact!
Keeping Them Strong
After the placement area heals, we will attach abutments to the posts, which allows us to attach crowns to complete a single replacement tooth, or to attach a bridge or prosthetic, like a full denture. Routine care afterward can help protect your new teeth and keep your natural ones in place too. You should see us every six months so we can monitor your smile with a checkup, and also protect the smile by removing all plaque and tartar with a cleaning. At home, you should brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes, and also floss every evening too. These actions can help combat poor oral health and prevent the loss of your natural teeth.
If you have any questions about tackling tooth loss, whether you have one missing tooth or several, then contact our team today to learn more. We want to make sure your smile is strong, whole, and healthy for a lifetime.
Talk To Your Cleveland, TX Dentist About Implant Dentistry
We would love to help you enjoy a full smile once again with the placement of dental implants. For more information on addressing one or more missing teeth, contact your Cleveland, TX, dentist, Dr. Uhrenholdt, by calling (281) 592-1234.