Do you suffer from lost or missing teeth? Fortunately, today’s patients are offered a reliable treatment option in the aftermath of tooth loss, especially when they visit Richardson Dentistry. Dental implants, which are titanium posts that fuse with the bone, replicate the tooth’s root, an important structure in the mouth. This root not only secures the tooth’s crown, but it helps to stabilize the jaw. The jawbone will wear away when a tooth’s root is no longer present to anchor it. Our experienced dental team can help prevent this problem by providing high-quality dental implants and ensuring a lifetime of functioning, beautiful teeth.
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In serving as artificial teeth roots, dental implants help to maintain the stability of the bone. They are also able to withstand greater chewing forces than tooth replacement methods that lack a root-like structure. Dental implants may be recommended in a variety of scenarios, including the loss of a single tooth or multiple teeth.
There are many other benefits to dental implants, including:
One particularly good option for toothless patients is the teeth-in-a-day, also known as the All-on-4 procedure. With this technique, four dental implants are placed in the upper and lower jaws. These implants support an entire prosthetic arch, effectively providing the patient with a mouth full of new teeth in a matter of hours.
In the case of a single tooth implant, a dental implant is placed in the area of the missing tooth and replaces the natural root. After, a crown is created upon the dental implant and no other teeth are affected. The surrounding bone is also preserved and won’t recede. This is important if the tooth that was missing is located near the smile line.
Implant bridges are another popular option for missing teeth. They are mostly used when a patient is missing a few or several teeth. The main difference between implant-supported bridges compared to traditional bridges is they’re supported by dental implants instead of crowns or frameworks. Generally, one implant is placed for every tooth that’s missing and this series of implants holds the bridge together.
A thorough examination by our dentists will be required before we determine a patient is a good candidate for an implant procedure. During the initial examination, we’ll look if your bone structure is strong enough to support a dental implant, as well as ensure your gums are healthy and safe for treatment.
Preventative maintenance is an important part of ensuring that your dental implants function normally. Be sure to brush your teeth at least twice daily with a toothbrush that has soft bristles. It is also a good idea to use a small, interdental brush and to floss daily, in order to clean hard-to-reach spaces. Avoid chewing or biting foods that are too hard for your implants and could cause damage.