For a number of reasons, we may find ourselves faced with missing teeth. Losing one or more of our teeth could lead to serious complications. How do we fix this problem and fill the gap in your smile? In today’s blog, we’re looking at how we address tooth loss in Garland, TX, with lifelike and durable dental implants.
The Dangers of Untreated Tooth Loss
How does losing a tooth harm our smile? Well, did you know that surrounding teeth may actually drift from position, causing misalignment to develop? Over time, an uneven smile alone can increase the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. The gaps in your smile could also place pressure on the jaw joints, which in turn increases the risk of TMJ disorder and bruxism, common jaw joint issues that lead to headaches, jaw pain, and a risk of damaged teeth. Finally, when the body takes note of a missing tooth root, it stops supplying the jawbone with doses of calcium and phosphorus. Without these nutrients, the bone tissue dissolves and patients develop further tooth loss and an aged appearance.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
A dental implant fills the gap in your smile, preventing misalignment and protecting the smile from TMJ disorder, bruxism, and other complications. We insert the implant into the jawbone, where it acts as a new tooth root and stimulates the growth of jawbone issue. As a result, people avoid the loss of jawbone density and don’t experience negative changes to their facial structure. They also tend to last much longer than traditional bridges or dentures, several decades in some cases.
Placing and Restoring a Dental Implant
We begin by choosing the best place to insert the new tooth root. The titanium implant will then be placed and bond with the jaw through a process known as osseointegration. After three to four months, the area heals and we move on with the restoration process. We create a dental crown using lifelike materials, such as ceramic. We then add an abutment to hold the crown in place, restoring the visible portion of your new tooth. Once in place, the new tooth will blend seamlessly with the rest of your smile. If you have any questions or concerns about treating tooth loss or about implant dentistry, then contact our team today. We want to help you enjoy a full and beautiful smile!
Do You Have Questions About Dental Implants?
If you have a gap in your smile, then talk to us about a long-lasting solution. For more information on our implant solutions, schedule a consultation by calling Mai Dentistry in Garland, TX, today at 972-530-0552. For our patients who don’t speak English, our office is fluent in both Spanish and Vietnamese.