Missing teeth may mean a greater risk of serious complications, from misalignment and difficulties eating to problems speaking clearly and further tooth loss. In order to return smiles to full function, beauty, and health, we need to replace your missing tooth. If you have one or more missing teeth, then talk to your Mansfield, TX, dentist about dental implants.
A dental bridge typically lasts between 10 and 15 years. Dentures need to be replaced about once every 5 to 10 years. Over time, our jawbone changes shape. This is due to the fact that the body doesn’t send doses of calcium and phosphorus the jawbone after a tooth is lost. Without these nutrients, the bone tissue deteriorates gradually over time. However, a dental implant is created using titanium, a biocompatible material that actually bonds with the jawbone. The body recognizes the implant as a new tooth root and resumes sending doses of nutrients, preserving the jawbone and enabling the new tooth to last for decades with proper care and attention. If you’ve lost jawbone tissue already, we may prescribe a bone grafting procedure to strengthen your jawbone and support your new tooth.
After we place your new tooth, which is achieved using oral surgery and advanced technology, including cone beam imaging and 3D models, we wait for the area to heal. During the healing process, osseointegration takes place, bonding the jawbone and new tooth root. After three to four months, we proceed to add an abutment and secure a dental crown. The crown will be custom-made and offers the visible portion of your new tooth. In addition to a natural appearance, the crown can withstand powerful bite forces. If you have multiple missing teeth, then we may be able to place multiple dental implants and anchor a fixed denture.
Durable Tooth Replacement
Your dental implant will allow you to eat your favorite foods and enjoy a varied diet, improving overall health by boosting your nutritional intake. To ensure your new tooth stays bright and strong, offering many years of tooth replacement, you need to care for them as you would for your natural teeth. First, be sure you’re brushing and flossing your teeth daily. Make time to see us every six months for a checkup and cleaning, so we can monitor your smile and also remove plaque, safeguarding your smile against gum disease and other factors that could impact your dental implant. If you have any questions, then please contact our team today.
Ready to Address Your Tooth Loss?
We want to help our patients with missing teeth enjoy a full and functional smile again. For more information on our approach to implant dentistry, schedule a consultation by calling our dentist’s office in Mansfield, TX, today at 817-473-6227.