Addressing tooth loss is essential for maintaining a healthy smile (and avoiding further tooth loss and misalignment). There are a number of different options available to address tooth loss, but dental implants are the most lifelike and advanced available. Are dental implants right for your smile?
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants
Question: Does it matter how long it’s been since I lost my tooth?
Answer: This can impact your candidacy. After we lose a tooth, the body takes note of the missing tooth root. In response, it no longer sends doses of calcium and phosphorus to the jawbone around the lost tooth. The tissue begins to dissolve, leading to further tooth loss and an aged appearance. Which means there may not be enough jawbone tissue to support a new tooth without a bone grafting procedure first.
Question: What if I have gum disease?
Answer: Nearly half of adults over the age of 30 suffer from gum disease. The advanced stage, known as periodontitis, can cause adult tooth loss and implant failure. We may need to begin a course of treatment to manage your periodontal problems before we can move forward with implant dentistry.
Question: How does placement work?
Answer: The new tooth won’t rely on crowns or natural suction to stay in place. Instead, the dental implant will be inserted into the jawbone, where it bonds with the bone tissue and acts as a new, secure tooth root.
Question: Will the new tooth look natural?
Answer: Yes! After we insert the new tooth and the placement area heals, we can add an abutment that will hold a custom-made dental crown in place. The crown replaces the visible potion of the missing tooth, ensuring you have an attractive and functional new tooth. If you have any questions about addressing tooth loss, then contact our team today.
Looking for a Solution for Your Missing Tooth?
Our dental prosthetics can help fill the gaps in your smile and allow you to enjoy a beautiful, healthy smile. For more information, schedule a consultation with your dentist by calling the office of Dr. Jeff Jenkins in Keller, TX, today at (682) 593-0993.