Do you know how important your jawbone is to your overall health? Think about it. When you bite or chew, you do so with your teeth, which have roots. Those roots stimulate your jawbone, and this helps flow nutrients throughout your body. However, if you are like 200 million U.S. adults, you may be missing a tooth. So, you may be missing out on this stimulation your jawbone needs. This is where your Mansfield, TX, dentists can help by fitting you with a dental implant. Read more to find out what they are.

The Simple Definition Of A Dental Implant

Consider them tiny screws. Dentists place them where the roots used to be in the jawbone. After they are there, your bone fuses to them. And they are quite remarkable because of their many functions. For example, bridges, crowns, and dentures can be placed on top of them. They are most often made from titanium, and they are biocompatible. If you have enough jawbone, you will be fitted for an endosteal version, which is the most common kind. If you lack enough jawbone for one, a subperiosteal will be used. That kind goes under the gums and on or above the jawbone.   

If I Need One, What Do I Do?

First, make an appointment with us. Dr. Jones or Dr. Harris will examine your teeth and oral structures. The plan for placing your implant will begin by using our 3D CBCT imaging technology to create a precise picture of your teeth and jawbone. That way we can see exactly where to put them and at what angle. The placement itself will take two appointments. During the first one, we insert the implant into your jawbone. A temporary crown will be placed over it. Over a few months, the bone will fuse with it. Once that is finalized, you will come in for the second appointment to have a permanent crown placed on it.  

I Am Sure There Are Benefits Of Having Them. What Are They?

One of the biggest benefits is the one we discussed earlier, the stimulation of the jawbone for nutrient flow in the body. No roots may mean missing nutrients. Implants can also benefit those who are missing teeth and want to rebuild their smile. And if you are having difficulty with chewing or biting because of a missing tooth (or teeth), they can help correct those functions.

Schedule An Appointment With Us 

If you are concerned about a missing tooth and how it is affecting your health, a dental implant may be the answer. We can help with any questions or concerns you have. If you would like to schedule a consultation, then call Mansfield Dental Associates at 817-473-6227.