Being able to keep your biological teeth for your lifetime is a worthy goal. But for patients that have suffered oral trauma, disease, extensive decay, or whose teeth never erupted properly, there is a solution that mimics your own natural teeth … dental implants.
Whether you require teeth extraction or are missing teeth already, your dentist can resolve your dental dilemma. Dental implants will be placed in the gums where one or more teeth are missing … whether you need one tooth, a bridge, or an entire arch, dental implants can provide a solution.
The implant itself is a small titanium post that is surgically embedded in the gum tissue. You will undergo a period of time to allow the implant area to heal; during this time bone is fusing to the implant to give it strength to support the restoration much like the roots of a natural tooth support the structure seen above the gum line.
Once the healing process is completed, your dentist will fit you with a dental prosthesis that will so closely match your missing biological teeth, no one will be able to tell the difference. This final restoration may be one crown, an implant-supported bridge, or entire denture.
You will now have permanent teeth that allow you to speak and smile without concern or embarrassment. But most importantly, dental implants allow you to enjoy all the foods you love. There are no limits … crunchy, chewy, hard, or soft. You no longer have to cut your food into tiny bites or smash into soft mush. You can enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables, a thick juicy steak, or crunchy nuts and chips … many of the things you had to avoid before are no longer forbidden.
Now that your smile makeover is complete, taking care of your new teeth is as easy as ever. Brush twice daily with a fluoridated tooth paste, floss daily, and see your dentist every six months for a cleaning and dental exam.
To learn more about your tooth replacement options, contact the office of Dr. Eric Smith at 940-321-2340 today to schedule your professional consultation.