When you have lost natural teeth, you need replacement options to avoid major complications with the health, beauty, and function of your smile. Which is why we’re so proud to offer dental implants which look and act like natural teeth. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist talks about dental implants and their lifelike nature.
Understanding the Complications of Tooth Loss
Tooth loss does far more than just leave behind an embarrassing gap in your smile. Your remaining teeth could shift from their positions due to these open spaces, creating dental misalignment. The stress on your jaw joints from missing teeth could also increase the risk of TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding). But the most severe complication is the loss of mass and density in your jaw, which occurs as the body stops sending calcium and phosphates to the jaw structure around your lost roots. The resulting breakdown means further tooth loss and for many, a prematurely aged appearance. But we can prevent this with the placement of dental implants!
The Parts of Each Dental Implant
A dental implant is composed of three main parts. The post is crafted from biocompatible titanium and acts as a new root, inserted into the jawbone at an angle and position to stimulate the growth of jawbone structure and prevent the further loss of mass and density. This means your new tooth could stay in place for decades to come! The next portion is the abutment, which extends above the gum line. Finally, we have the crown, the part people see. We affix this to the abutment, and it is custom-made to ensure proper bite balance and a natural appearance.
Placement and Restoration
Our team will take detailed digital x-rays to choose the best position and angle for your new roots. We then guide the posts into place with digital technology. The post then bonds with the jawbone over a period of months, securing it like a natural root. When the area heals, we will attach the abutment and the restoration. If you have severe tooth loss, we can employ several posts to support a full prosthetic, so you can smile with confidence and enjoy a new smile that lasts far longer than traditional removable dentures.
If you have any questions about how our team addresses tooth loss with implant dentistry, then contact our team today to learn more. We want to help you smile with confidence and enjoy optimal oral health!
Talk To Your Cleveland, TX Dentist About Replacing Your Missing Teeth
A full smile is possible, even if you have advanced tooth loss. For more information on how we treat lost teeth, then contact your Cleveland, TX, dentist, Dr. Uhrenholdt, by calling (281) 592-1234.