Many things can make you self-conscious about your smile, but missing teeth is one of the most serious. Unfortunately, loss of teeth becomes more common as you get older. Teeth can be lost due to injury, gum disease, severe decay or other issues, including wear and tear.
Fortunately, many options are available to replace lost teeth, including bridges, dentures, and dental implants. Depending upon your personal preferences and needs, one of these options can give you a new, full set of teeth. Only dental implants, though, provide a permanent option that replaces not only the biting and chewing surfaces of the teeth, but also the tooth root.
Advantages of Dental Implants
One of the most commonly mentioned issues cited by denture wearers is comfort. Dentures must be carefully fitted, and then must be refitted and adjusted at regular intervals, in order to keep them from moving around in your mouth. When dentures shift in the mouth, they can cause discomfort, or might even move or fall out while you are trying to eat or speak.
Dental implants avoid all these issues because they are permanent and stationary. The visible part of your replacement tooth is affixed to a titanium fixture that takes the place of your natural tooth root. The implant dentist places this fixture directly into the jawbone, where it not only holds your new teeth in place, but also helps maintain the health of the bone in your jaw. Dental implants will not move around in your mouth and do not need to be removed for cleaning.
The Dental Implant Process
Placing dental implants typically occurs in two stages. First, the root portion of the implant is placed in the jawbone. The special properties of titanium allow it to integrate into the bone (grow) through a process called ossification. This can take several months. After the root portion of the Implant has integrated sufficiently, your implant dentist will place the prosthetic teeth, giving you a functional, healthy, permanent smile.
For more information about dental implants in Dallas, please contact our office to schedule a consultation.