Losing teeth is not a pleasant experience. However, as life expectancies continue to increase, tooth loss becomes increasingly prevalent. Losing even one tooth can alter your quality of life, causing long term oral health problems.
Missing teeth will not only distort your smile, but changes in occlusion occur that will alter our ability to chew food and change the way your facial muscles (muscles of mastication) function.
No matter the reason you have lost a tooth- trauma, decay, gum infection, cracked tooth- implant dentistry in Dallas provides a great tooth replacement option that will prevent further oral health problems down the road.
These are titanium-based “screws” that are surgically implanted in your jawbone and function in the same way as the roots of your teeth do. The titanium typically fuses with the bone and, therefore, functions similarly to your tooth root. After osseointegration (fusion of metal to bone) has happened, the general dentist can place the abutment and implant crown, bridge or implant retained denture. Dental implants provide stable support for artificial teeth.
Once the dental implant is placed, the general dentist places the prosthesis that attaches to the implant itself. There are a variety of implant prosthetic options, and the best option often depends on how many teeth need to be replaced.
Implant crowns function in the same way that a crown attached to a natural tooth does. It is a single crown that is either screwed into the implant or cemented to the implant abutment. You care for it the same way as your natural tooth, taking care to brush and floss daily.
Implant bridges function similarly to conventional bridges the main difference being that they use the implants for anchorage. An implant bridge can be used to replace multiple missing teeth at once using few implants screws. For example, if a person is missing 4 teeth, they can either be replaced with 4 single implants with 4 implant crowns or 2 implants with a single bridge that has 4 “crowns” attached to it.
There are two main types of implant dentures, removable and fixed implant-supported dentures. With both options the implants provide increased retention and support for the denture. Implant supported dentures are much more retentive than traditional dentures and therefore you do not have to worry about them slipping out, loosening, or rubbing against your gums and you will not need denture adhesive paste.
Dental implant restorations are an excellent option for replacing teeth and also provide different restorative options. If you need implant dentistry in Dallas, contact our Dallas Dentist at Trinity Dental Loft, and we will coordinate your treatment and cater to your needs!