Having a gap in your smile due to missing teeth can affect your self confidence; it can also affect the health of your remaining teeth, as the gap can cause shifting of the teeth, leading to a misaligned bite, which in itself can lead to jaw problems as well as looking unsightly in its own right.
However, dental implants have become a hugely popular method of restorative dental surgery and the treatment can help rebuild self confidence, as well as help protect your remaining teeth.
As well as performing all the functions of a living, healthy tooth, perhaps the best thing of all when it comes to dental implants is the fact that they are totally indistinguishable to a healthy tooth.
Dental implants involve an oral surgeon placing a number of titanium supports directly into the patients jawbone and placing a dental crown atop the support, giving the illusion of a perfectly healthy tooth. Dental implants can be used to replace singular missing teeth, but can also be utilized to replace a larger quantity and even complete sets of teeth.
Dental implants have numerous advantages over other forms of dental reconstruction surgery:
- They are permanent solutions
- They look just like real, healthy teeth and so help restore self confidence
- They are not susceptible to tooth decay
- They help prevent jawbone deterioration around the gap
- They reinforce surrounding teeth, strengthening the patient’s bite and maintaining alignment of teeth
- They don’t require special cleaning compounds or adhesives
- They are more difficult to damage
Because dental implants are placed directly into the jawbone by the oral surgeon, the titanium supports used effectively act as the tooth’s ‘root’, stimulating the surrounding gum tissue and jawbone, and so help prevent degradation of the area. Where a patient has already suffered some degradation of the jawbone, which places the use of dental implants into question, the oral surgeon can perform bone grafts in order to rebuild the affected area to allow dental implants to be used.
As well as performing all the functions of a living, healthy tooth, perhaps the best thing of all when it comes to dental implants is the fact that they are totally indistinguishable to a healthy tooth. Dental implants are molded to be an exact fit to replace the missing tooth.
To learn more about dental implants in Keller, contact our oral surgery practice at 817-379-1654 and schedule your professional consultation.