Before visiting the dentist was common, losing teeth seemed like a natural part of aging. Fast-forward a few generations and losing teeth has become a pretty traumatic experience. Luckily, along with advanced dental hygiene techniques have come innovative dental replacements that allow you to replace your lost teeth and restore your smile to the excellent health and function it once enjoyed. Today, we examine the problem of missing teeth, and how dental implants can help your smile get over the loss.
The Problems of Missing Teeth
If you’re missing a tooth, it’s for a reason. Gum disease, which weakens the gums and jawbone that support your teeth, is the number one cause of tooth loss, but your teeth can also fall victim too tooth decay, dental trauma, or a number of other issues. Regardless of the reason, the point is that you’re missing teeth and would like them back. While conventional teeth replacements like dental bridges and dentures can replace the top, visible parts of your teeth (called crowns), they can’t replace the roots that supported your teeth. A dental implant, however, is designed to do exactly that. Surgically inserted into your jawbone, a dental implant is made of biocompatible titanium, meaning your jawbone fuses to it as securely as it holds your natural tooth roots.
Teeth Under the Surface
Dental implant placement occurs over a number of steps. First, a thorough examination is required to determine that your mouth and jawbone are strong and healthy enough to support the implant. Then, the titanium post is placed in your gums and anchored in your jaw bone. Think of this as getting the root of your new tooth put in. Once your jawbone has fused to the implant and healed, we will attach the new crown (or other dental prosthetic) to your dental implant post. Your new implant-supported tooth will look and function as good as your original healthy teeth, and will blend in perfectly with your smile.
ABOUT YOUR FT. WORTH DENTIST:
Dr. Bob Jing has served patients and their families across Dallas/Ft. Worth for many years. Together with his caring, compassionate, and highly-skilled team at 7 Day Dental, Dr. Jing is dedicated to making good dental health available to as many people as possible. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation or appointment, contact our office closest to you at 817-405-2001 on Jacksboro Highway, or at 817-405-0195 on Seminary Drive.