Missing teeth can be more than just a cosmetic issue. If you are missing teeth, you are already aware of the many negative effects tooth loss can have on your appearance and oral function without restorative dentistry. You may no longer be able to enjoy the foods you love and even change the way you chew your food.
The way you sound when you speak also changes because the support structure in your jaw is deteriorating. Without the supportive tooth root, your gums persistently recede. Moreover, without the supportive element of your teeth, your jaw will begin to weaken, and even shrink, causing your cheeks and lips to droop. Add to that list effects to your oral and overall health and you know that it is time to replace those missing teeth.
In the past, dentures were one of the only solutions available to remedy missing teeth. Dentures lack the bite power of real teeth, forcing denture wearers to still avoid some of the foods they enjoy. Moreover, the damage to the jaw does not decrease with the addition of dentures. Dental implants can preserve your facial structure, stop additional bone loss, and create a secure section to adhere to dental bridges.
However, the most important aspect to dental implants is a beautiful, strong and healthy smile.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is surgically placed in the jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. The treatment process will depend on the severity of your tooth loss and individual needs. In some mild situations, same-day dentistry is an option. However, in more severe cases it could take longer to regain full function of your teeth.
Missing one or more teeth can not only have an impact on your appearance, but it can also be detrimental to your health. Implants may sound intimidating, but, with the advancement of dental technology and science options have become much more accessible and comfortable. The severity of your tooth loss will determine the length of the treatment process. Basin Dentistry is highly skilled and trained in implant dentistry and we strive to provide excellent oral health care.
We will carefully work with the remaining teeth that you have, ensuring that you are receiving the best dental care possible. Call us at (432) 217-0089 today to schedule a consultation to see if dental implants are right for you.